Boussu-lez-Walcourt -Hampden I AE197 EQ- 408 Squadron

Boussu-lez-Walcourt -Hampden I AE197 EQ- 408 Squadron

Hampden I AE197  EQ-    408 Squadronflag_of_the_united_kingdom_svg

28-29 August 1942

Mission: Saarbrücken

Shot down by a night fighter Hptm Wilhem Herget I./NJG4

Crash: At Boussu-lez-Walcourt408

W/C  JD Twigg RCAF   KIA Gosselies Communal Cemetery

F/L GC Fisher RCAF   Escape

F/L I Maitland  DFC   KIA Boussu-lez-Walcourt Communal Cemetery


F/O  R Van Den Bok  DFC  RCAF   Escape  Comete



W/C  JD Twigg

23 October, 1942

Madam (Twigg),

I am commanded by the Air Council to express to you their grave concern on learning from cusualties Officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force the further news that your husband, Wing Commander John Despard Twigg, is now believed to have lost his life as the result ot the air operations on the night of 28/29th August, 1942. Two of the members of uour husband’s crew reached safety and have reported that their aircraft was attacked by a German night fighter and its controls were shot away when it was over the Dinant area, Belgium. Your husband « baled out » after his crew but one of the two who have reached safety later encountered a woman who stated that she had found a body a mile distant and from the description given he is convinced that the body was that of your husband.