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
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.
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: