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1944-09-16 The Loss of Bert Wolters Spitfire MK208

Crash site: Hawkinge, Kent, GB

Crash cause: collision with wingman whilst climbing through clouds after take-off from RAF Hawkinge

Name

Wolters, Lambertus Douwes (Bert)

L.D. Wolters Source: Lutgert/Sorgedrager, 1993 Hawkinge 050618 Wolters

Rank

Res 1Lt Vl, F/O.

RAF VR 141896

Decorations

Kruis van Verdienste, Oorlogsherinneringskruis

Born

17/6/1919

Place

Colijnsplaat, NL

Squadron

RAF 322 (Dutch) Squadron Fighter Command

Ops/hr

107/72

Aircraft

Spitfire Mk. IX Nr. MK208 3W-N

Base

RAF Deanland, Sussex, GB

Mission

Armed recce over Holland; take-off 16.40h

Status

KIA, collision with 1Lt Vl C.R.R. Manders in Spitfire MK460 or MJ460 whilst climbing through clouds after take-off. Manders parachuted out and survived.

age

25

Killed

16/9/1944

Place

near Hawkinge, Kent, GB

Buried

Hawkinge Cemetery, Kent, GB, grave O/84

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

yes

Remarks

Student of Technische Hogeschool Delft

Trained in De Winton, Canada

Credited with 3 V-1's shot down

Memorial

1. Vijfluik Loenen, Gelderland, NL

2. Mill Hill Memorial Table, London, GB

3. Memorial plate, main building Technische Universiteit Delft, NL

4. Hawkinge Memorial, Aerodrome Road, Kent, GB

GB arrival

Engelandvaarder. Departed January 1941. Travelled a land route via Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal. Arrived in the UK on 21/8/1941. Source: NA 2.09.06-4068

Data

Confusion

1. CWGC: flew with 184 Sqn

2. Manders' Spitfire MJ460 according to Air Britain

Source: Henk Welting

Map 98. Hawkinge, Kent, area where L.D. Wolters crashed on 16/9/1944. The site has not been pinpointed. The former airfield was located at the Northwest end of what is now called the Aerodrome Road.


Remains of RAF Hawkinge. Hawkinge 070130-1

In these buildings a Battle of Britain Museum is located. See www. kbbm.org. Hawkinge played an important role, as a forward airfield, during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Hawkinge 070130-2



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