Graveyard / Begraafplaats: Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery
Location / Locatie: KK coll. grave 72
Militairy Service / Krijgsdienst: Royal Australian Air Force
Rang: Flight Sergeant
Regiment: 622 Sqdn.
Number / Nummer: 429323
Age / Leeftijd: 20
Date of death / Overlijdensdatum: 13/06/1944
Place of death / Overlijdensplaats: Oirschot
Son of Percival Francis and Lilian Holden from Dubbo; New South Wales; Australia.
On 12 June 1944, 286 planes took off to bomb an oil plant at Gelsenkirchen, near Essen, Germany. Of these seventeen were not to return. Mildenhall’s 622 squadron provided seventeen Lancasters and one of these was LL812 ‘GI-Z’, piloted by P/O William Frederick Henry Rattle. The crew consisted of Navigator Sgt. Richard John William Moore (RAAF 424433), F/S Richard Paul Percival Holden (RAAF 429323), Air Bomber F/O Walter Richard Tanner (RAAF 424238), mid-gunner Irishman Sgt. Martin Dea (1798041), rear-gunner Sgt. Reginald Bramley (2220988) and Flight Engineer Sgt. Francis Michael Leaney (623992) who was an Australian in the RAF. This aircraft took off at 23:00 and was never heard from again. The plane crashed in the Netherlands sometime the following morning and all the crew are buried in the same grave.
At the site of the crash in the woods west of Oirschot (close to Eindhoven), a local history club has put up a sign to commemorate the seven people who died (photograph above). Many thanks go to Joop Hendrix for that photo, and also the one on the left of some very derelict remains of the aircraft which he found near the crash site.
Dubbelgraf met Dea M
Related / Gerelateerde
William Frederick Henry Rattle - Flying Officer
Richard John William Moore - Flight Sergeant
Walter Richard Tanner - Flying Officer
Martin Dea - Sergeant
Reginald Bramley - Sergeant
Francis Michael Leaney - Sergeant
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