On Friday 8th October 2021 the municipality of Commercy unveiled a memorial to those killed when Lancaster ED426 was shot down on the 8th October 1943.
Two of the crew were made PoWs, two crew managed to evade and three crew were killed and are buried in Choloy War Cemetery.
On the day, there was a short service at the cemetery before the unveiling of the memorial in the Forest of Commercy.
The main memorial is located close to an access road and the exact crashsite is marked nearby.
A French Air Force jet performed a flyover of the memorial site in tribute to the RAF crew.
For more details of the crash visit the page of the pilot Sgt D Wares.
The graves of the three crew killed in Choloy War Cemetery......F/O Hepburn and Sgts O'Leary & Brownlie.
The four O'Leary family representatives frame Jean-Pol & Francine Charlier (Local resident and his wife) with the pilot's grandson standing centre.
At the site of the main memorial.
Siobhan O'Leary. VJ Thakur, Francine & Jean-Pol Charlier, Anne O'Leary with son and daughter, Alex Wares (grandson of Don Wares-Pilot), Robert & Annette McEneaney (49Squadron Secretary).
The memorial is marked with the pin with the CWGC at Choloy marked near Toul.
For an interactive map of the memorial location click this link (map opens in a new window).
Alex Wares and Anne O' Leary at the new memorial (based, we believe, on part of a Lancaster's engine mount found in the forest)
The nearby information board tells the complete story.
The actual crashsite - approximately 300m north of the main memorial.
The Association is awaiting permission to include a certain section of the video.......please check later.
Over 100 people attended the ceremony including local dignitaries and the Canadian Consul to France (photographed giving his address).