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    klaasvanderheide Guest

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    hello all.
    On the vredenhof cemetery is buried a.wilson the 1st allied airman of the 2nd world war.
    Does anyone have any info which aircraft serial nr station and crew was involved ?
    Tia
    Klaas

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    Hello Klass
    From CWGC and BCL1, I think the man you refer to was:
    Aircraftman 1st Class (W.Op./Air Gnr.) ALAN WILSON
    Age: 18
    Date of Death: 29/09/1939
    Service No: 551660
    He was the son of Duncan and Jessie Wilson, of Sandyford. Newcastle-on-Tyne.
    Buried at SCHIERMONNIKOOG (VREDENHOF) CEMETERY Grave 16

    144 Sqn
    Hampden I L4127 PL-
    Op: Heligoland

    F/O NC Beck
    P/O R Turner
    AC1 A Wilson
    Sgt PEB Sprotson

    T/O 0640 from Hemswell. Crashed into the sea between Heligoland and Wangerooge. May have been shot down by a Me109 flown by Hmptm Dickore of 1./ZG26. AC1 Wilson is buried in the Vredenhof Cemetery on the Dutch Island of Schiermonnikoog; his comrades have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    144Sqn lost 5 Hampden bombers and 20 airmen on this op.
    Regards
    Andy
    Last edited by Andy Ingham; 28th April 2008 at 12:30.

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    Hello Andy.
    Thank you for the prompt answer.
    F/O Beck is buried at Sage war cemetery
    Thanks again
    Klaas

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    Hi All
    Cwgc has both Beck and Sproston in Sage War Cemetery with Wilson at Vredenhof, and only Turner at Runnymede. As Andy says Chorley only has Wilson as being in a known grave
    Regards
    Dick

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    Hi all,
    Beck was rescued from the sea by a German patrol boat but died before that boat arrived Wilhelmshaven; first buried at Wilhelmshaven.
    Wilson's body was found washed ashore 29-10-1939,
    Sproston first buried at Emden (Kalvinistischer Friedhof).
    Turner (missing) was RAF 'from Toronto, Ontario, Canada'
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Eddie Fell Guest

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    Chorley Vol 9 corrects his earlier omissions

    Eddie

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    klaasvanderheide Guest

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    Hi all
    Thanks for your reactions.
    Klaas

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