Graveyard / Begraafplaats: Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery
Location / Locatie: KK grave 38
Militairy Service / Krijgsdienst: Royal Canadian Air Force
Rang: Flying Officer
Regiment: 425 Sqdn.
Number / Nummer: J/24180
Age / Leeftijd: unknown
Date of death / Overlijdensdatum: 23/04/1944
Place of death / Overlijdensplaats: Sint Oedenrode
Son of Dominique and Marie Fortin from Levis; Province of Quebec; Canada.
On April 23, 1944 a Halifax crashed at 2:15 at St. Oedenrode. The purpose of that night had Dusseldorf, departed from airport Tholthorpe at 22.30.
The plane was shot down by flak guns.
The pilot, 21 years old, died in the crash, as the navigator F / O Benoit Charles Eugene Fortin and gunners P / O Joseph Henri Charles Legault (23) and F / Sgt Joseph Fernand Rolland Hurteau (28). Brisson and Legault are buried in the Canadian War Cemetery in Groesbeek, in grave XVI respectively. B. 6 and grave XVI. 12. B. Fortin and Hurteau are buried at the General Cemetery Woensel (Eindhoven) grave KK. 38 and KK. 39. Boordwerkuigkundige Sgt Ian Welch (19), the only non-Canadian, survived the crash either. He was buried in Woensel grave KK. 45.
Two crew knew initially to stay out of the hands of the Germans. They were F / O J. Y. Rosrossiers (or Desrosiers) and W / O J.E.L Davidson. The first was arrested by the Gestapo in Antwerp in May 1944 and finally ended up in the prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft 3. Davidson also was caught in Antwerp, on 17 June 1944. He was a prisoner of war sent to the prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft 7.
Related / Gerelateerde
Ian Welch - Sergeant
Joseph Fernand Rolland Hurteau - Flight Sergeant
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