Graveyard / Begraafplaats: Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery
Location / Locatie: EE grave 57
Militairy Service / Krijgsdienst: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Regiment: 10 Sqdn.
Number / Nummer: 1081675
Age / Leeftijd: 21
Date of death / Overlijdensdatum: 29/06/1943
Place of death / Overlijdensplaats: Wolfsput, Aarle-Rixtel
Son of Walter and Ada Cross from Canklow; Rotherham; Yorkshire.
On June 29, 1943 came in the middle of the night, at 02:33, a Halifax II bomber from the 10th Squadron of the RAF down at the Wolfsput. The aircraft was flown by P / O S. Peate.
This bomber was part from an operation with 608 aircraft had targeted Cologne. , Ultimately reaching 540 aircraft their target. In this raid were lost 25 aircraft, including at Aalst Waalre, Boekel, Netersel, Nuenen and Aarle-Rixtel came down.
The last crash was caused by a German night fighter, flown by Major Radusch I / NJG1. Twenty minutes later, the same driver would be another British bomber, the Avro Lancaster, knockdown which crashed at Nuenen.
It killed seven Canadian crew members.
Sgt. Wop / AG. A. Bailey.
Elt.Sgt. AG. G. J. Sweeney.
Flt.Sgt. AG. H Erickson.
Flt.Sgt. Nav. P. L. Rakoczy.
F / O. Air Bomber H. H. Pearson.
Sgt. Flt. Scary. H. Pape.
F / O. Pilot S. Peate.
The device that was supposedly drunk, crashed east of the canal Zuid Willemsvaart below the hamlet “Wolfsputten”, also indicated by the “Smouse Hump”. The bodies of the pilots were transferred to military vehicles.
Related / Gerelateerde
Joseph Gerald Sweeney - Flight Sergeant
Harry Erickson - Flight Sergeant
Paul Leopold Rakoczy - Flight Sergeant
Horace Horatio Pearson - Flying Officer
Horace Pape - Sergeant
Stanley Peate - Flying Officer
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