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403 Squadron Crest
31.03.1945 No. 403 Squadron Spitfire XVI TB737 Fl/Lt. Edward G. Aitchison

Operation: Armed recce

Date: 31st March 1945

Unit: No. 403 Squadron (Wolf)

Type: Spitfire MkXVI

Serial: TB737

Code: KH-

Base: Eindhoven Airfield 

Location: Near Osnabrück (Germany). 

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Edward Grant Aitchison J/8387 RCAF Age 26. Killed


During the morning was shot down during dive bombing of a train near Osnabrück.

Some reports are that he was picked up after baling out and killed by the SS.

Burial details:

Fl/Lt. Edward Grant Aitchison. Nederweert War Cemetery. Grave IV.B.5. Son of John A. and Louise Aitchison, husband of Bronwen M. Aitchison, of Elora, Ontario, Canada.

Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - June 2015. With thanks to Grant John Wissler for photographs of Fl/Lt. Aitchison. For further details our thanks to the sources quoted below.

KTY/MB 17.06.2015

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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