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1944-07-29 The Loss of Mitchell FR158 NO-W (Stenvert)

Crash site: Garnetot, 00.0257E/48.5537N, Calvados, France

Crash cause: unknown, enemy action presumed

Name

1. Brouwers, Jacobus Antonius Franciscus

Grebbeberg 090204 Brouwers JAF

Rank

Korp Vltg Sch, Ag

Stb.Nr. 90654/Z

Decorations

Kruis van Verdienste

Born

28/9/1923

Place

's-Gravenhage, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Squadron Bomber Command

Ops/hr

Aircraft

Mitchell Mk. II B-25C Nr. FR158 NO-W

Base

RAF Dunsfold, Surrey, GB

Mission

Single aircraft night mission against a gun position near river Laize, Calvados, France; take-off 29/7/1944 at 00.31h

Status

KIA, cause unknown, enemy action presumed

age

20

Killed

29/7/1944

Place

Garnetot, Calvados, F

Buried

Initially buried in Banneville-la-Campagne. Reburied 28/2/1950 at Militair ereveld Grebbeberg, Rhenen, NL, grave 8/30

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

2. Off Zwnr 2kl Mr. J.M.P. Clay, Copilot/Nav - KIA

3. Sgt Vltg Telegr F.E. van Middelkoop, Wop/Ag - KIA

4. Off Vl 2kl MLD M.J. Stenvert, Pilot KIA

Remarks

Memorial

Vijfluik Loenen, Gelderland, NL

GB arrival

Engelandvaarder. Departure from Holland 8/2/1943, after an earlier attempt. Landroute via Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal. Arrival in the UK on 16/10/1943. Source: NA 2.09.06-11933

Data

Confusion

OGS: died 28/7/1944

Geldhof (3): died 27/7/1944

Gedenkrol KM: target near Garnetot on Laize river


Name

2. Clay, Mr. Jolle Maurits Pieter

Grebbeberg 090204 Clay JMP clay-jmp-grebbeberg.jpg

Rank

Off Zwnr 2kl, Copilot/Nav

Decorations

Vliegerkruis

Born

26/6/1911

Place

Delft, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Squadron Bomber Command

Ops/hr

Aircraft

Mitchell Mk. II B-25C Nr. FR158 NO-W

Base

RAF Dunsfold, Surrey, GB

Mission

Single aircraft night mission against a gun position near river Laize, Calvados, France; take-off 29/7/1944 at 00.31h

Status

KIA, cause unknown, enemy action presumed

age

33

Killed

29/7/1944

Place

Garnetot, Calvados, F

Buried

Initially buried in Banneville-la-Campagne. Reburied 28/2/1950 at Militair ereveld Grebbeberg, Rhenen, NL, grave 8/29

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Korp Vltg Sch J.A.F. Brouwers, Ag - KIA

3. Sgt Vltg Telegr F.E. van Middelkoop, Wop/Ag - KIA

4. Off Vl 2kl MLD M.J. Stenvert, Pilot KIA

Remarks

Son of Prof. J. Clay, Amsterdam

Vliegerkruis, 20/10/1944

Gedurende geruimen tijd bij het 320e Squadron R.D.N.A.S. van Onzen Marine Luchtvaartdienst in het Vereenigd Koninkrijk, in oorlogsvluchten tegen den vijand blijk gegeven van moed, bekwaamheid, volharding en plichtsbetrachting.

Memorial

None known

GB arrival

Data

Confusion

OGS: died 28/7/1944

Geldhof (3): died 27/7/1944

Gedenkrol KM: target near Garnetot on Laize river


Name

3. Middelkoop, Ferdinand Eugène van

F.E. van Middelkoop Source: SLH Grebbeberg 090204 Middelkoop FE van

Rank

Sgt Vltg Telegr, Wop/Ag

Stb.Nr. 12123/D

Decorations

None known

Born

23/10/1923

Place

Soerabaja, Java, NEI

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Squadron Bomber Command

Ops/hr

Aircraft

Mitchell Mk. II B-25C Nr. FR158 NO-W

Base

RAF Dunsfold, Surrey, GB

Mission

Single aircraft night mission against a gun position near river Laize, Calvados, France; take-off 29/7/1944 at 00.31h

Status

KIA, cause unknown, enemy action presumed

age

20

Killed

29/7/1944

Place

Garnetot, Calvados, F

Buried

Initially buried in Banneville-la-Campagne. Reburied 28/2/1950 at Militair ereveld Grebbeberg, Rhenen, NL, grave 8/31

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Korp Vltg Sch J.A.F. Brouwers, Ag - KIA

2. Off Zwnr 2kl Mr. J.M.P. Clay, Copilot/Nav - KIA

4. Off Vl 2kl MLD M.J. Stenvert, Pilot KIA

Remarks

His parents were residing in Soerabaja, NEI, at the time

Memorial

None known

GB arrival

Data

Confusion

Geldhof (3): Died 27/7/1944

Gedenkrol KM: target near Garnetot on Laize river


Name

4. Stenvert, Martinus Jan

M.J. Stenvert Source: SLH Grebbeberg 090204 Stenvert MJ

Rank

Off Vl 2kl MLD, Pilot

Decorations

Vliegerkruis

Born

20/6/1917

Place

Pankalan Brandan, Sumatra, NEI

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Squadron Bomber Command

Ops/hr

60/132

Aircraft

Mitchell Mk. II B-25C Nr. FR158 NO-W

Base

RAF Dunsfold, Surrey, GB

Mission

Single aircraft night mission against a gun position near river Laize, Calvados, France; take-off 29/7/1944 at 00.31h

Status

KIA, cause unknown, enemy action presumed

age

27

Killed

29/7/1944

Place

Garnetot, Calvados, F

Buried

Initially buried in Banneville-la-Campagne. Reburied 28/2/1950 at Militair ereveld Grebbeberg, Rhenen, NL, grave 8/28

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Korp Vltg Sch J.A.F. Brouwers, Ag - KIA

2. Off Zwnr 2kl Mr. J.M.P. Clay, Copilot/Nav - KIA

3. Sgt Vltg Telegr F.E. van Middelkoop, Wop/Ag - KIA

Remarks

Married with M.W. Stenvert-Wright of Bridgetown, Staffordshire, GB.

Vliegerkruis, 13/7/1944

Gedurende geruimen tijd bij het 320e Squadron R.D.N.A.S. van Onzen Marine Luchtvaartdienst in het Vereenigd Koninkrijk, in oorlogsvluchten tegen den vijand blijk gegeven van moed, bekwaamheid, volharding en plichtsbetrachting.

Memorial

None known

GB arrival

31/5/1940 with Dutch vessel 'Batavier II' from Cherbourg, France, after an escape from Holland on 16/5/1940. Detached KL to KM. Send from England to NEI 1/9/1940 for military flying training.

Data

Confusion

OGS: died 28/7/1944

Geldhof (3): died 27/7/1944

Gedenkrol KM: target near Garnetot on Laize river


Garnetot in Calvados is the tiniest of hamlets. One farm, one church with graveyard, and one building of a size in which only two horses could be housed. It is called the Mairie, the town hall, to the left of the church in this picture. As small as it is, the Mairie has a Memorial plate, commemorating three local men, 'enfants mort pour la Patrie'. It is a measure of the suffering of the people of France in three wars with the Germans. Garnetot 060127-5

2. Crash site data

Map 83. The hamlet of Garnetot, Calvados, France, area where Mitchell FR158 crashed in the very early morning of 29/7/1944, taking the lives of the four man crew.

The site has not been pinpointed. The River Laize, where a gun position was target of this mission, runs as shown enhanced in the map above, about 35 km West of the crash site.


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