James Hall

Graveyard / Begraafplaats: Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery
Location / Locatie: JJ joint grave 19-20

Militairy Service / Krijgsdienst: Royal Air Force
Rang: Sergeant
Regiment: 102 Sqdn.
Number / Nummer: 552714

Age / Leeftijd: 19
Date of death / Overlijdensdatum: 13/06/1941

Son of George and Margaret Hall from Deepdale; Lancashire.

On June 13, 1941 at 3:18 pm plunged an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley V of the 102 Squadron down. The aircraft was flown by Sgt J. Chapman and was on a bombing mission to Schwerte. Given the time the Whitley on the way back was shot down by a German night fighter. Long thought that piloted by Lt Knacke 2 / NJG 1, but it appears no results have been reported for this night. It was probably another German “ace”, namely Hptm Hans-Dieter Frank.

The entire crew of the bomber died in the crash. They were besides the pilot John Chapman (24) gunner Sgt James Hall (19); gunner Sgt John Mathew Bailey Tunnah (30); bombardier P / O Raymond Woodrow Dawson (22); co-pilot Sgt John James Franklin (RAAF) (25); radio operator Sgt Kenneth Ridd Winter (2). Sgt James was found after nine days, presumably with the salvage of the wreck.

The aircraft came down in Gale Serbian Akkers the Genneperweg. In daylight a large group arrived there on the curious away. One of them loudly declared that there was not burned a British plane, but a German was still before dawn provided the Germans with British license plates. People laughed, but in the crowd were also others who Johannes Boons indicated by the German Ortskommandant in Eindhoven, where he was taken to on June 15 for questioning and awaiting his sentence for spreading false rumors.

Related / Gerelateerde
John Chapman - Sergeant
John Matthew Bailey Tunnah - Sergeant
Raymond Woodrow Dawson - Pilot Officer
John Franklin James - Sergeant
Kenneth Ridd Winter - Sergeant

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