Portrait picture webpage.

All these airmen are connected to Schoonebeek by crash location or burial.

My goal is to keep the remembrance alive with this webpage
for what these men did for our freedom!



Handley Page Hampden AE151 ZN-F
106 RAF Squadron Group 5

Crashed in Oud-Schoonebeek, 21 December 1941.

R.S. Hartgroves

R.S. Hartgroves
Pilot
England
POW
A. Carter

A. Carter
NAV/AB
England
KIA
R. Yearsley

R. Yearsley
WOP/AG
England
POW
D. Martin

D. Martin
Air Gunner
England
POW


On Sunday 21 December 1941 a Hampden aircraft AE151 ZN-F along with five other aircraft from 106 Squadron (No.5 Group) RAF took off from
RAF Coningsby as part of a formation of 15 Hampdens to attack several targets in northwestern Germany. An hour after departure, Bomber Command
aborted the mission because of dense cloud cover over the target area. The Morse code message was not received by AE151 ZN-F and the aircraft
flew on to the specified target - Oldenburg - under anti-aircraft artillery (Flak) fire. Despite several hits, they managed to bomb their target,
but the nose of the aircraft was badly damaged. Navigator/Air Bomber Anthony Carter was killed. Heavily damaged, the aircraft was turned towards
home but close to Schoonebeek one of the two engines failed. The crew decided to make an emergency landing and were taken prisoner.
Anthony Carter is buried in the Commonwealth War Graves section of the Municipal Cemetery in Schoonebeek.



AVRO Lancaster MK III, W4984 AR-J
460 RAAF Squadron Group 1

Crashed close to Oud-Schoonebeek, 24 May 1943.

B.M.T. Davis

B.M.T. Davis
Pilot
Australia
KIA
E. Rowlands

E. Rowlands
Flight Engineer
England
KIA
K.D. Dyce

K.D. Dyce
Navigator
Australia
KIA
J.S. Biffen

J.S. Biffen
Wireless Operator
Australia
KIA
K.D. Goldthorpe

C. Goldthorpe
Air Bomber
Australia
POW
F.W. Ralph

F.W. Ralph
Air Gunner
United States
KIA
C.S. Wright

C.S. Wright
Air Gunner
Australia
KIA


On Monday 24 May 1943, a MK III Lancaster W4984 AR-J of 460 Squadron RAAF took off from RAF Binbrook to take part in a raid on Dortmund with a massive
formation of 826 bombers, the largest raid of that Battle. On the way to Dortmund, the aircraft was shot at by a German night fighter flown by
Oberleutnant August Geiger, and fire broke out. The pilot lost control of the aircraft and it crashed although five crew members were able to bale out,
however their parachutes had been damaged by the fire and failed to save them. Of the crew of seven only Flt. Sgt Clarence K D Goldthorpe survived
and was taken prisoner. The other crew members are buried in the Commonwealth War Grave section of the Municipal Cemetery at Schoonebeek.



AVRO Lancaster MK III, LM370 SR-K2
101 RAF Squadron

Crashed in Oud-Schoonebeek, 18 November 1943.

C.P. Mc Manuss

C.P. Mc Manus
Pilot
Ireland
KIA
K. Jones

K. Jones
Flight Engineer
England
KIA
G.D. Spyers

G.D. Spyers
Navigator
England
KIA
G.P. Herman

G.P. Herman
Spec.OPS
Canada
KIA
A.E. Rosen

A.E. Rosen
Wireless Operator
England
KIA
B.K. Petyt

B.K. Petyt
Air Bomber
England
KIA
C.H. Downs

C.H. Downs
Air Gunner
England
KIA
G.H. Gittins

G.H. Gittins
Air Gunner
England
KIA


On Thursday 18 November 1943 at 17.21 a MK III Lancaster LM370-K2 from 101 Squadron RAF (Pathfinder Force) took off from RAF Ludford Magna to participate
in a major attack on Berlin. As one of 444 bombers, it was equipped with ABC equipment to disrupt German radar and was part of the first group of
Pathfinders: an elite unit tasked to precede the main force to mark the target. On its way home, the Lancaster was attacked by a Junkers Ju88 of the
2./NJG 3 (Nachtjagdgeschwader), flown by Feldwebel Rudi Frank. Around 23.12 LM370 SR-K2 exploded above the field. All eight crew members
(the eighth being the ABC operator) were killed, and parts of the aircraft were scattered over a large area. All crew members are buried in
the Commonwealth War Graves section of the Municipal Cemetery at Schoonebeek.



AVRO Lancaster MK III, JB280 LQ-K
405 RCAF Squadron

Crashed close to Oud-Schoonebeek, 2 January 1944.

T.H. Donnelly

T.H. Donnelly
Pilot
Canada
KIA
L.G.R. Miller

L.G.R. Miller
Flight Engineer
England
KIA
A.J. Salaba

A,J. Salaba
Navigator
Canada
KIA
B.S.J. West

B.S.J. West
Wireless Operator
England
KIA
W.L.J. Clark

W.L.J. Clark
Air Bomber
Canada
KIA
R.E. Watts

R.E. Watts
Air Gunner
England
KIA
R. Zimmer

R. Zimmer
Air Gunner
Canada
KIA


On Sunday 2 January 1944 at 00.23 Lancaster Mk III JB280 LQ-K of 405 (Vancouver) Squadron RCAF, took off from RAF Gransden Lodge, west of Cambridge.
Part of a wave of 473 aircraft to participate in raids on the cities of Berlin, Hamburg, Witten and Duisberg, JB280 was tasked to proceed to Berlin.
En route, the aircraft was attacked by a Messerschmitt Bf110G-4 of the IV.NJG1 Nachtjagdgeschwader flown by pilot Lt. Friedrich Potthast, radio operator
Feldwebel Karl Kunz and air gunner Obergefreiter Hans Lautenbacher. At about 02.10 at low altitude, the Lancaster exploded above the field and all
seven crew were killed. They are buried in the Commonwealth War Graves section of the Municipal Cemetery in Schoonebeek.



Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 42-40054 "Jinny".
562nd USAAF Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group

Crashed in Oud-Schoonebeek, 6 March 1944.

P.E. Browny

P.E. Brown
Pilot
United States
POW
G.C. Job

G.C. Job
AC Com.
United States
KIA
J. Lechowski

J. Lechowski
Co pilot
United States
KIA
J.W. DuPrey

J.W. Duprey
Navigator
United States
KIA
R.T. Gill

R.T. Gill
Air Bomber
United States
POW
J.B. Blatz

J.B. Blatz
Radio Operator
United States
DPOW


R.E. Joyce

R.E. Joyce
Flight Engineer
United States
POW
E.W. Pfanner

E.W. Pfanner
Ball Turt. gunner
United States
KIA
P. Moyer

P. Moyer
R. Waist gunner
United States
POW
W.S. Reed

W.S. Reed
L. Waist gunner
United States
KIA
W.A. Marcario

W.A. Marcario
Tail gunner
United States
POW


Returning from a raid on Berlin on Monday 6 March 1944, the B-17G 4-40054 "Jinny" was under attack by a German fighter near the Dutch border.
One engine was damaged by this attack causing the complete loss of this engine, directly follow by a mid-air collision from bellow with the
B-17G 42-31135 "Suzy-Sag-Tits" from the same flight. This collision with B-17G 42-31135 "Suzy-Sag-Tits" ripped open the starboard wing and fuel tanks
and caused a fire in the starboard wing and forcing the crew to bail out. Six of the crewmembers managed to escape safely except five of them and
they died with the crash, J.B. Blats by then was fatally wounded and died later in a prisoner of war camp. The crew members who didn't survived
the crash are temporary buried at the Commonwealth War Grave section of the Municipal Cemetery at Schoonebeek and after the war repatriated to
other cemeteries.



Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 42-31135 "Suzy Sag Tits ".
562nd USAAF Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group

Crashed between Oud Schoonebeek and Erica, 6 March 1944.

M.D. Givens

M.D. Givens
Pilot
United States
POW
H.J.Teat

H.J.Teat
Co pilot
United States
POW
K.H. Betts

K.H. Betts
Navigator
United States
POW
L.H. McMillian

L.H. McMillian
Air Bomber
United States
POW
J. Geraghty

J. Geraghty
Radio Operator
United States
POW


R.E. Kesanen

R.E. Kesanen
Flight Engineer
United States
POW
T.H. Foulds

T.H. Foulds
Ball Turt. gunner
United States
POW
W.R. McGee

W.R. McGee
R. Waist gunner
United States
KIA
D. Walstra

D. Walstra
L. Waist gunner
United States
POW
J.E. Karr

J.E. Karr
Tail gunner
United States
POW


Returning from a raid on Berlin on Monday 6 March 1944, B-17G 42-31135 "Suzy-Sag-Tits" was attacked by a German fighter near the Dutch border.
Damage was severe, causing the complete loss of the two starboard engines. Another hit caused a fire in the fuselage and a mid-air collision with the
B-17G 4-40054 "Jinny" flying above from the same flight, forcing the crew to bale out. All managed to escape except Staff Sgt. Willard R McGee, who
by then was fatally wounded. Willard McGee is buried temporary buried at the Commonwealth War Grave section of the Municipal Cemetery at Schoonebeek
and after the war repatriated to the Military War Cemetery, Margraten in Limburg.



Haviland Mosquito MK IV FB.VI, RS532 YH-E
21 RAF Squadron

Crashed in Oud-Schoonebeek, 23 April 1945.

G.R. Nowell

G.R. Nowell
Pilot
Canada
KIA
J.A. Haugh

J.A. Haugh
Navigator
England
KIA


On Sunday 22 April 1945 at 02.45 Mosquito RS532 YH-E. from 21 Squadron, RAF took off from RAF Melsbroek, Belgium for a so-called strafing mission to destroy
enemy military road and rail transport in an area south of Hamburg. During this action, the aircraft was probably hit by a German fighter or Flak and the
damage was such that the aircraft could not be saved, and on fire, it crashed at this place. Both crew members were able to bail out, but due to the low height
their parachutes failed to open fully, and they did not survive. Both are buried in the Commonwealth War Graves section of the Municipal Cemetery in Schoonebeek.



NAV/AB = Navigator/Air Bomber
WOP/AG = Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Spec.OPS = Special Operations
AC Com = Aircraft Commander
Ball Turt. Gunner = Ball Turret Gunner
R. Waist gunner = Right Waist gunner
L. Waist gunner = Left Waist gunner


KIA = Killed in action
POW = Prisoner of war
DPOW = Died as prisoner of war

All the airmen who got killed from these aircraft, have been buried in Schoonebeek during the years of World War Two.
The American victims are repatriated directly after the war to the US War Cemetery in Margraten or a cemetery in the United States.

Update 30 September 2016: Added the picture of J.E. Karr, still 8 names without a face!

Update 6 February 2017: Added the picture of J.W. DuPrey, still 7 names without a face!

Update 7 February 2017: Added the picture of D. Walstra, still 6 names without a face!

Update 9 February 2017: Added the picture of R.T Gill, still 5 names without a face!



A great web page about World War Two air crews Aircrew Remembered.

Rob Wethly