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Memorial to Allied Airmen - Oude Willem NL
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N 52° 53.266 E 006° 19.309
32U E 319818 N 5863145
Quick Description: The "Memorial Allied Airmen' Oude Willem was established in memory of six Canadian and one British airman who died during World War II near Diever, The Netherlands.
Location: Drenthe, Netherlands
Date Posted: 1/30/2015 2:07:36 AM
Waymark Code: WMNA84
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Corp Of Discovery
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Long Description:
On November 22, 1943 a Halifax plane crashed down from the Royal Canadian Airforce. The plane had taken off from that day Middleton St George in England. The flight consisted of 776 bombers, of which 764 for an attack on Berlin and twelve at Leverkusen. Seven allies were killed when the plane crashed.

The "Memorial Allied Pilots' is a boulder on which a brass plaque attached. The names are placed on the plaque of the seven allied soldiers who are buried here.


The inscription on the monument reads:

ON NOVEMBER 22, 1943 ON THIS SITE IS SHOT DOWN A HALIFAX ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE PLANE. THE PLANE IS AT 19.00 HRS HIT BY A GERMAN FIGHTER.
THE HALIFAX B11.W.23 VR F FOR FREDDY OF 419DE SQUARDRON WAS THAT DAY TO 16,33 HRS OF ATTENTION TO MIDDLETON SAINT GEORGE IN ENGLAND.
FLIGHT WAS OUT OF WHICH 764 776 BOMBERS TO AN ATTACK ON BERLIN AND 12 IN LEVERKUSEN.

HALIFAX CREW:
PILOT: PILOT OFFICER WILLIAM LONG BECK HUNTER
BORN: MEI 4, 1922 IN CANADA
OBSERVER: LIEUTENANT JOHN RICHARD NEWMAN
BORN: OCTOBER 17, 1922 IN CANADA
BOMBARDIER: SERGEANT MALCOLM ARCHIE MCKELIAR
BORN: APRIL 29, 1923 IN CANADA
WIRELESS telegrapher: SERGEANT GEORGE ALEXANDER HOWITSON
BORN: FEBRUARY 7, 1922 IN CANADA
AIR Gunner: WARRANT OFFICER JOSEPH ALEXANDER LESAGE
Born: NOVEMBER 3, 1921 IN CANADA
AIR Gunner: SERGEANT GEORGE ALEXANDER MAY
BORN: NOVEMBER 6, 1924 IN CANADA
CREW: SERGEANT A.I. JONES
18 YEARS BORN in CRAYFORD ENGLAND

THE SEVEN KILLED CREW ARE BURIED ON
GENERAL CEMETERY IN DIEVER.

The monument is located at the Oude Bosweg 8 (Hunterpad) Oude Willem (municipality Westerveld).

Info from 419 Squadron: (visit link)
Web Address for Related Web Sites: [Web Link]

Date of Crash: 11/22/1943

Aircraft Model: Halifax

Military or Civilian: Military

Cause of Crash:
Shoot by a German air fighter.


Tail Number: Not listed

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