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609 Squadron Crest
13.04.1945 No 609 Squadron Typhoon Ib MN434 PR-K F/O. Rendall

Operation: Armed Recce

Date: 13th April 1945 (Friday)

Unit: No. 609 Squadron Second Tactical Air Force (motto - 'Tally Ho')

Type: Typhoon Ib

Serial: MN434

Code: PR-K

Base: B.77 Gilze-Rije, Netherlands

Location: Grave, Netherlands

Pilot: F/O. Marcus Harry Gallion Rendall AUS/421689 RAAF Age 25. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off from the advanced landing ground B.77 to carry out a armed reconnaissance operation to Arnhem.

During form up after take off, two Typhoons collided. It seems that Typhoon RB250 PR-A piloted by Belgian pilot 24 year old, Fl/Sgt. de Blommaert de Soye misjudged his position. Both aircraft crashed close to the bridge crossing the Meuse river - killing both pilots.

Burial details:

F/O. Marcus Harry Gallion Rendall. Uden War Cemetery. Grave 1.I.5. Born on the 29th March 1920 at Waverley, the son of Joseph Henry Hewett Rendall and Marguerite Elise Rendall, of 7 Gladesville Road, Gladesville, New South Wales, Australia. Assistant Foreman in construction prior to service. Grave inscription reads: "He Gave Up That Serene That Men Call Age".

Fl/Sgt. Alain Hubert Edmond Marie de Blommaert de Soye. 1814804 RAFVR. Uden War Cemetery. Grave 1.I.4. Son of Baron Ferdinand Hadelin Jacques Marie de Blommaert de Soye and Baroness Henriette Marie Mathilde Victorine Cornélie de Failly of Heirges, Wavre, Belgium. Grave inscription reads: "Ce Qui Donne Un Sens A La Vie Donne Un Sens A La Mort". (What Makes A Meaning Of Life Gives A Sense To Death)

Researched for relatives of these pilots. Grave photographs courtesy Michel Beckers and Paul ten Broeke. For further details our thanks to the following sources:

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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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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