Forest-sur-Marque Communal Cemetery, France Back to Search
|Location||N952, Forest-sur-Marque, Haute France - Pas de Calais, France|
Forest-sur-Marque is a village about 9 kilometres east of Lille. Lille is a key junction between the coast at Calais, Belgium to the north and Paris to the south. Forest-sur -Marque is 6 kilometres south of Roubaix. The Communal Cemetery is at the southern end of the village on the main road (N952) to Ascq. From the church in Forest-sur-Marque head south on the D952 and the cemetery will be found 700 metres along on the left. The Commonwealth plot is opposite the main gate in the right hand corner.
The Commonwealth burials here are all casualties of a night bombing raid on the Lille marshalling yards on the evening of 10/11 May 1944. 12 aircraft of a force of were lost; five to twin-engined night fighters using upwards firing cannon which ripped into the underside of the RAF bombers, and the rest to flak. Six aircraft lost were from the 31 aircraft despatched from two RAAF squadrons, Nos 463 and 467 squadrons, operating Avro Lancaster bombers. This raid represented their worst night of the war with 22.5% losses. There was only one survivor from amng 85 men aboard the 12 aircraft , attesting to the destruction wrought by the German night fighters, several aircraft appearing to have broken up in mid-air.
There are 23 casualties interred here; 13 RAF, 9 RAAF and one RNZAF.
Steve Larkins Feb 2020