Graveyard / Begraafplaats: Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery
Location / Locatie: EE grave 72
Militairy Service / Krijgsdienst: Royal Canadian Air Force
Rang: Flying Officer
Regiment: 429 Sqdn.
Number / Nummer: J/13068
Age / Leeftijd: 28
Date of death / Overlijdensdatum: 22/06/1943
Son of Alexander and Mary Elizabeth Milne from Campbellford; Ontario; Canada.
On June 22, 1943 vlog towards Krefeld to it in the context of The Battle of the Ruhr to bomb the city flat plane by a German night fighter and / or by German guns was hit and crashed burning down around 1:20 pm. It was one of the 44 unfortunate aircraft which would not return that night. They came apart in Bergeyk include down in Berlicum, Sint Anthonis, Maarheeze, Uden, Dinther, Schijndel, Hoeven and Boxtel (2).
The HZ 520 landed at the Borkelsedijk but three of the five crew brought it out alive. They managed initially to escape with the help of people from Bergeyk, but eventually they were nevertheless arrested on his way to France. The three survived the war in captivity.
The total crew consisted from pilot F / Sgt E.A. Eames; navigator F / O E. F. Lapham; bombardier F / Sgt. H.V. Holmes; tail gunner F / O D. S. Milne (a Canadian) and radioman W / O W.H. Wright. The corpse of the bombardier Holmes was found some distance from the plane exploded with shrapnel in the chest.
The mortal remains of the tail gunner Milne was only weeks after the crash found by a German soldier who kept watch at the wreck. Milne was found some distance away in a cornfield to have arrived on the sandy path to the Borkelsedijk and the Burgemeester Aartslaan.
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Hugh Victor Holmes - Flight Sergeant
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