Graveyard / Begraafplaats: Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery
Location / Locatie: KK grave 45
Militairy Service / Krijgsdienst: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Regiment: 425 Sqdn.
Number / Nummer: 2201513
Age / Leeftijd: 19
Date of death / Overlijdensdatum: 23/04/1944
Place of death / Overlijdensplaats: Sint Oedenrode
Son of Joseph and Jane Welch from Spennymoor; Co. Durham; GrandSon of Mrs. M. A. Pickering from Spennymoor.
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
Benoit Charles Eugene Fortin - Flying Officer
Joseph Fernand Rolland Hurteau - Flight Sergeant
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