Graveyard / Begraafplaats: Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery
Location / Locatie: EE grave 11
Militairy Service / Krijgsdienst: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Rang: Flight Sergeant
Regiment: 429 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn
Number / Nummer: 656099
Age / Leeftijd: unknown
Date of death / Overlijdensdatum: 22/06/1943
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.
Related / Gerelateerde
Douglas Stewart Milne - Flying Officer
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