Joseph Gerald Sweeney Joseph Gerald Sweeney

Graveyard / Begraafplaats: Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery
Location / Locatie: EE grave 58

Militairy Service / Krijgsdienst: Royal Canadian Air Force
Rang: Flight Sergeant
Regiment: 10 (R.A.F.) Sqdn
Number / Nummer: R/90889

Age / Leeftijd: 22
Date of death / Overlijdensdatum: 29/06/1943
Place of death / Overlijdensplaats: Wolfsput, Aarle-Rixtel

Son of Eugene Sweeney and Angelena Sweeney (No. Mcdonald).

On June 29, 1943 came in the middle of the night, at 02:33, a Halifax II bomber from the 10th Squadron of the RAF down at the Wolfsput. The aircraft was flown by P / O S. Peate.

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 Aalst Waalre, Boekel, Netersel, Nuenen and Aarle-Rixtel came down.

The last crash was caused by a German night fighter, flown by Major Radusch I / NJG1. Twenty minutes later, the same driver would be another British bomber, the Avro Lancaster, knockdown which crashed at Nuenen.

It killed seven Canadian crew members.

The device that was supposedly drunk, crashed east of the canal South Willemsvaart below the hamlet “Wolf Wells”, also indicated by the “Smouse Hump”. The bodies of the pilots were transferred to military vehicles.

On the photos:

  • Inscription – Cobalt’s WWII and Korea Fallen, Major Edward J Holland VC Memorial Park, Cobalt Ontario, Photo by Ken Riley
  • Cenotaph – Cenotaph, Major Edward J Holland VC Memorial Park, Cobalt Ontario, Photo by Ken Riley

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