QR19-E-Strijen-Sas September 16, 1944

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AVRO Lancaster

 September 16, 1944        CRASH AT STRIJEN-SAS

Late in the evening at about 22.30 p.m. 14 Lancaster bombers of RAF No 90 Squadron take off from air base  Tuddenhem in England, heading for their target the bridge at Moerdijk in Holland. After a flight in darkness they arrive at just before 24.00 p.m. and bomb the bridge and its approaches.  The target is lit by flares dropped from planes accompanying the Lancasters. These were 24 Lancasters from No 115 Squadron and 10 Lancasters from No 75 Squadron.  During the circling around over the target Lancaster LM 169 of No 90 Squadron , piloted by F/O Paul W.Tooley, clashes with a Lancaster of  No 115 Squadron and both planes break up, the remainders falling to the ground.  Paul Tooley’s plane comes down in the Stoope polder, which was completely flooded at the time, near the village of Strijen-Sas.

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All 7 members of the crew are killed.  After the war Burgomaster Bolman tells an American officer that outside the village there must be another plane wreck from which the bodies were never recovered.  The officer with a number of men went to that wreck, recovered the bodies of another 7 men and transported the coffins to the cemetery “Essenhof” at Dordrecht.  Here the graves can be visitedOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

Kerk in Strijen

Monument aan de kerkgevel

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Het museum in Strijen heeft foto’s van Selwyn Thomas te zien, samen met de citaten over het moedig optreden van de Lancaster bemanningen.

Klik hier voor meer informatie over Selwijn

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Paul Tooley – pilot

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Harry Johnson – navigator

David Selwyn Thomas – wireless operator

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Roy Whittington – flight engineer

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Eric John Smaldon – air gunner

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Leslie Mathers Gill – air gunner

James Edward Brown – bomb aimer

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James Edward Brown – bomb aimer

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De gehele bemanning

Vertaling van

Wing Commander John Stuart Hocknell OBE RAF(Ret’d)

(Nephew of Flying Officer David Selwyn Thomas RAFVR)

23.09.2016

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