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model: LFIX
factory: CBAF
engine: M66

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8MU 16-6-44 Miles Aircraft 6-7-44 602S 10-8-44 442S 28-9-44 Hit by flak and abandoned nr Haltern 28-10-44 F/O G A Costello killed

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by: Red Dragon Fg Off G A Costello RCAF 442 Squadron 2017-04-01 16:18:33

Hit by flak. The aircraft was brought down near the German town of Haltern at 15.00hrs. The young Pilot baled out and his wingman, F.B. Young, stayed over him until he was down and had disappeared into the woods. After landing safely, George had surrendered to local civilians. A car then pulled up and Fg Off Costello was ordered to get into it by Johann Wilhelm L├╝tfring he was the political leader ( NSDAP ) in Haltern, F/O Costello was taken to the wood Helenenhoehe near Haltern where Luetfring collected a belt and pistol from a hut. He then marched the airman to a point 15 yards further down the road where he shot him in cold blood. George Costello was originally buried in the civilian cemetery at Sythen Ehrenfriedhof. His body was exhumed on the 22nd August 1946 and reburied in the Reichswald Forest War Military Cemetery, along with many other airmen who had suffered the same fate. After the war his killer was captured, tried in a War Crimes trial and hung...
 Reichswald Forest War Military Cemetery-Plot: 1. F. 17.

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