Thank you so very much! I was told and believed he had been shot down, rather than an accident. Perhaps the family didn't want to think that his life was over due to a possible mistake.
At the time of the crash, 105 Sqn was operating out of Villeneuve-Les-Vertus, in NE France.
Villeneuve-les-Vertus Aerodrome - Wikipedia
No. 105 Squadron Royal Air Force in the Second World War 1939-1945 - The Wartime Memories Project -
As the crow flies, the airfield is approx 10km from the area of the crash site.