Graveyard / Begraafplaats: Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery
Location / Locatie: EE grave 10
Militairy Service / Krijgsdienst: Royal Air Force
Regiment: 218 Sqdn.
Number / Nummer: 657663
Age / Leeftijd: unknown
Date of death / Overlijdensdatum: 22/06/1943
Place of death / Overlijdensplaats: Maarheeze
On the night of 21 on June 22 1943 Bomber Command conducted a major attack on Krefeld total of 705 bombers showed that 2,306 tons attack bombs more than a thousand civilians were slain and 4,550 wounded The RAF paid a hefty toll…: 44 planes did not return from this mission these, there were 31 down in the Netherlands, fifteen in England:. Alphen, Asten, Bergeyk, Berlicum Boxtel (2), Deurne, Dinther, Oeffelt, Hoeven, Rucphen, Sint Anthonis , Uden and Woensdrecht.
And at 01:32 crashed also in Sterksel a Short Stirling III of the 218 Squadron. This aircraft was flown by Australian P / O D.R. Rich and shot down by a Messerschmitt Me 110, 6 / NJG 1. But this fighter was also hit himself so Hptm E-W. von Boning and wireless operator Ofw F. Johrden had to make an emergency landing at the Achel Hermitage. Their plane was lost, but they themselves brought it out alive.
That was not quite the crew of the Stirling. Three crew members survived the explosion of the bombs not own: pilot P / O Donald Robert Rich (21), bombardier Sgt Brian Kermode and wireless operator Sgt Stanley Herbert Burrows (28). The latter was only days later found dead, even to his unopened parachute.
The four other crew members, Sgt F. Fawcett; Sgt A.J. Small; Sgt. J.J. McDonald (a Canadian who later, on May 19, 1945, deceased in the POW camp) and Sgt H. Hill prisoners were taken. In 2000 at the initiative of Ad Hermens from Geldrop and Marietje van den Boomen from Someren-Heide a monument erected to the Panweg as “a tribute to all those in the area during World War II from 1940 to 1945 took the lives’.
Related / Gerelateerde
Donald Robert Rich - Pilot Officer
Stanley Herbert Burrows - Sergeant
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