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Communal Grave at Zaasch, for crew of Halifax III NA240, Z5-V

 

Zaasch Church & Cemetery, site of original communal grave for 7 crew of Halifax NA240, Z5-V (462 Squadron)

 

Zaasch Church and Cemetery

The graves for locals are situated in the small cemetery at the front of the Zaasch church, between the church and the wall along the roadway.

Graves for non-locals are situated behind the church. The brick archway at the rear side-entrance can be seen at the back left beyond the trees.

The bodies of 7 members of the Crew of Halifax III NA240 Z5-V were initially interred in a communal grave at the rear of the church. They were exhumed in October 1947, individually identified, and subsequently re-interred in 7 individual graves at the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. The Rear Gunner F/Sgt Maxwell James Hibberd was the sole survivor of the crew of 8.

All Photos on this page Copyright 2005 L.Freiberg.

 

Zaasch Church & Cemetery, site of original communal grave for 7 crew of Halifax NA240, Z5-V, view from rear archway (462 Squadron)

 

 

 

Brick archway at rear side-entrance of Zaasch Church.

Graves for non-locals are situated behind the church, which is the gray stone building at the right of the photo.

According to Zaasch Historians, the communal grave for the 7 Crew was located in the centre section of the grassed area.

 

Zaasch Church & Cemetery, site of communal grave for 7 crew of Halifax NA240, Z5-V, view at rear of Church (462 Squadron)

 

 

 

 

 

Site of the Crew's original communal grave at the rear of the Zaasch Church, looking back towards the side-entrance archway.

 

Zaasch Church & Cemetery, showing site of original communal grave for 7 crew of Halifax NA240, Z5-V at rear of Church (462 Squadron)

 

 

 

Site of communal grave

According to Zaasch Historians, the communal grave for the 7 Crew was located in the centre section of the grassed area. No trace now exists of the exact site, except for maybe a slight recession in the ground.

This is a quiet peaceful area and would have been a fitting resting place for the crew.

 

 

 

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