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Stedelijk College Eindhoven
William Archibald Donnelly

Graveyard / Begraafplaats: Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery
Location / Locatie: EE grave 25

Militairy Service / Krijgsdienst: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Rang: Flying Officer
Regiment: 428 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn.
Number / Nummer: 129159

Age / Leeftijd: 31
Date of death / Overlijdensdatum: 25/06/1943
Place of death / Overlijdensplaats: Eindhoven, Acht

Son of Michael Joseph and Eleanor Gertrude Donnelly from Farningham; Knows.

On June 25, 1943 was around 1:06 a Halifax II bomber of the 419 Squadron shot down by a German night fighter, flown by Hauptmann Hans-Dieter Frank. The plane crashed at night, in the triangle Lekstraat-Rijnstraat-Boschdijk. Rod Fire Bombs fell from the crashing plane, caused a fire in the Scheldestraat, about 400 meters away, where a boy of eighteen seriously injured his leg.

The seven-member crew, pilot Sgt R. Whitfield, F / O R.J.L. Fowler, F / O W.A. Donnelly, Sgt. C. Gorton, Sgt. P. Stephenson, Sgt. J.E. Dean and F / S M.P. Kimber did not survive the blow. Donnelly was the only one who was not killed, he died three days later, probably in a hospital. They were first buried all seven in Woensel. After the liberation, the two Canadians among them, Fowler and Kimber, transferred to the Canadian War Cemetery in Groesbeek.

The students, Joanna Almeida Matos & Laura Knol, of the Stedelijk College in Eindhoven conducted research and found the above findings. Their full report (in Dutch) with a lot of additional information can be viewed via this link.

Related / Gerelateerde
Robert Whitfield - Sergeant
Clifford Gorton - Sergeant
Peter Stephenson - Sergeant
John Ellis Dean - Sergeant

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