Graveyard / Begraafplaats: Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery
Location / Locatie: EE grave 46
Militairy Service / Krijgsdienst: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Regiment: 149 Sqdn.
Number / Nummer: 1438154
Age / Leeftijd: 31
Date of death / Overlijdensdatum: 29/06/1943
Son of James and Mary Alice Herbert; Husband of Edyth Jane Herbert from Southsea; Hampshire.
On June 29, 1943, at 02:30 crashed in Netersel a British bomber of the type Short Stirling III of the 149 Squadron down. The pilot was F / O W.R. Booker. 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 Waalre, Boekel, Aalst, Nuenen and Aarle-Rixtel came down.
The plane was shot down by Oberleutnant Clemenz I / NJG1, stationed at the airbase Venlo. It came down near the Goorven in Netersel. The seven-member crew was in its whole.
Besides the pilot Booker were that Sgt. D.W.B. Channing, Sgt. A. D. Hall, F / S C.V. Howden, Sgt. K. Broadhurst, Sgt. R. Franklin and Sgt. CD. Herbert. Only the latter could be identified, the others were too maimed. They are housed in a common grave.
More than 60 years later, on June 27 2004, a memorial to the perished crew was unveiled in the presence of some relatives. That stone was the result of years of efforts by Sjef van Dingen and Ad van Zandvoort to clarify the exact site of the crash and to trace relatives.
Related / Gerelateerde
William Richard Booker - Flying Officer
Denys William Birkett Channing - Sergeant
Alfred Douglas Hall - Sergeant
Charles Victor Howden - Flight Sergeant
Kenneth Broadhurst - Sergeant
Robert Franklin - Sergeant
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