08.12.1943 No. 860 Squadron Swordfish HS274 A Sub/Lt. Evers
Date: 8th December 1943 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 860 Squadron (Dutch)
Type: Fairy Swordfish II
Base: HMS Shrike, Maydown Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Location: Carron Bridge, North of Kilsyth, Stirling, Scotland
Pilot: Sub/Lt. Jacob Evers KMR. Age 24. Killed
Pilot 2: Lt. James Smeaton RNR. Age 26. Killed
Obs: Sub/Lt. Johan George Hoffman KMR. Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
On a training exercise when it is thought they ran low on fuel crashing in the area as shown on maps.
Sub/Lt. Johan George Hoffman (courtesy Monique Scheermeijer, relative)
Crash area today
The graves of the crew (Higher resolution available to relatives - see credits)
Sub/Lt. Jacob Evers. Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery, Grave 1/42. Born on Tuesday 14th November 1911 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. NoK details not yet available.
Lt. James Smeaton. Monifieth (Or Barnhill) Cemetery, Angus. Sec V. Grave 146. Son of David Rennie Smeaton and Mary Agnes Smeaton, of Dundee, Scotland
Sub/Lt. Johan 'Jan' George Hoffman. Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery, Grave 1/44. Born on Monday, 8th May 1922 in the Dutch Indies. NoK details not yet available. But hope to have new information shortly - see credits.
Researched for relatives of the crew with thanks to Rob Philips archives, Monique Scheermeijer, Wallace Shackleton, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Grave photo of James Smeaton courtesy George Evans. Grandsable grave photographs Aircrew Remembered own visit.