Graveyard / Begraafplaats: Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery
Location / Locatie: JJB grave 50
Militairy Service / Krijgsdienst: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Rang: Flight Lieutenant
Regiment: 78 Sqdn.
Number / Nummer: 88657
Age / Leeftijd: 37
Date of death / Overlijdensdatum: 04/04/1943
Place of death / Overlijdensplaats: Nederweert
Son of John Walter and Jessie Augusta Richardson from Barton-On-Sea; Hampshire.
Story of an eyewitness:
“Sunday morning April 4th 1943 we found a plane that was broken into four pieces on the Colusdijk in Nederweert.
Three large pieces were found in a forest and the fourth piece was in a field.
In this piece we found the body of navigator F/O Alberry (Charles Robert Cecil Austin).
After we went back, we met an elderly man who told us that deep in the forest in a large piece a crew member was found alive with a wound on his head, this was airgunner Sgt Webb (Thomas Henry) who was still stuck in his chair.
The rest of the crew was at a distance of 50 meters from the wreck, they probably heard the jump-call to late.
We took Sgt Webb from his chair, his watch had stopped at 23.40. After the first Germans arrived it was sometime around noon.
They took very good care Sgt Webb. His throat was full of blood and he told them that he was very thirsty.
In the afternoon, the Germans took him to a hospital in Weert, where he is deceased around 18:30.”
On April 4, 1943 at 23:21 crashed near the Koolhofdijk (previous Colusdijk) in Nederweert (Limburg).
The aircraft was flown by pilot and Richardson was on a raid or to Essen, shot by Major William Eckhart von Bonin stationed at Fliegerhorst Venlo. Departed from Airport Linton-on-Ouse at 20:00 for an attack on Essen.
Total volume of this attack were 348 vlieguitgen, 225 Lancasters, 113 Halifaxes and 10 Mosquitos. This was participated in the first attack in which more than 200 Lancasters at once. 12 Halifaxes and nine Lancasters were lost. 2 Lancasters crashed in England.
The greatest damage was done in the center and west of Essen. 635 buildings were destroyed and 526 damaged. There were 118 casualties including 88 civilians and 16 French forced laborers. 458 people were injured.
Sgt Robert Osborne Mitchell Dunlop is buried in the Canadian War Cemetery in Groesbeek. Grave XVI F6
Related / Gerelateerde
Charles Robert Cecil Austin Allberry - Flying Officer
Reginald John Kernick - Sergeant
Lancelot Rodney Cayley Shadwell - Flying Officer
John Mccormick - Sergeant
Thomas Henry Webb - Sergeant
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