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1941-02-25 The loss of Hudson T9364 NO-F (Michels)

Crash site: Carew Cheriton, Pembrokeshire, GB

Crash cause: Aircraft hit hangar during take-off, and exploded. It is also reported that the aircraft fell out of the sky very shortly after take-off, and crashed into the hangar. Ice on the wings and reduced take-off power as a result of ice in the carburettors was seen as the cause.

The pilot was the only survivor of the five-man crew. He declared that the speed of the engines fell back in the first stages of flight. That would indicate ice formation in the carburettors, leading to a decrease in revs and therefore power. The aircraft had taken unusually long to get airborne.

Source: N. Geldhof, 320 Operations, p. 142-144

Name

1. Kooij, Marinus Renardus van

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet

M.R. van Kooij Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50

Carew Cheriton 050619 Kooij

Rank

Ltz 2kl MLD, P/O., Obs

Decorations

Bronzen Leeuw

Born

15/2/1904

Place

Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hrs

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. I Nr. T9364 NO-F 'Ypenburg'

Base

RAF Carew Cheriton, GB

Mission

Convoy escort

Status

KIFA, flying accident, aircraft hit hangar on take-off as a result of ice on the wings

age

37

Killed

25/2/1941

Place

RAF Carew Cheriton, Pembrokeshire, GB

Buried

Carew New Cemetery, Carew, Pembrokeshire, GB, grave C/7

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

2. Res Sgt leerling Vl J. Michels, - KIFA

3. Stoker 2kl F. Overdijk, Ag - KIFA

4. Korp Telegr C.J. Rademaker, Wop - KIFA

5. Sgt Vl J. Brugman, pilot - safe

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

yes

Mill Hill Memorial Table, London, GB

Mill Hill Van Kooij MR

GB arrival

22/5/1940 from France after he, in a group of 24 aircraft, mostly Fokker trainers, had escaped from Holland on 14/5/1940

Remarks

His brother, Cornelis Louwrens, served in 321 & 320 Sqn too. He was killed 12/07/1949 in the crash of KLM Constellation 'Franeker' near Bombay, India.

Data confusion


Name

2. Michels, Jan

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet

J. Michels Source: Deric Brock

Carew Cheriton 050619 Michels J

Rank

Res Sgt leerling Vl, Sgt., Pilot

Decorations

None known

Born

15/10/1914

Place

Deventer, Gelderland, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hrs

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. I Nr. T9364 NO-F 'Ypenburg'

Base

RAF Carew Cheriton, GB

Mission

Convoy escort

Status

KIFA, flying accident, aircraft hit hangar on take-off as a result of ice on the wings

age

26

Killed

25/2/1941

Place

RAF Carew Cheriton, Pembrokeshire, GB

Buried

Carew New Cemetery, Carew, Pembrokeshire, GB, grave C/6

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Ltz 2kl MLD M.R. van Kooij, Obs - KIFA

3. Stoker 2kl F. Overdijk, Ag - KIFA

4. Korp Telegr C.J. Rademaker, Wop - KIFA

5. Sgt Vl J. Brugman, pilot - safe

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

yes

Mill Hill Memorial Table, London, GB

Mill Hill Michels

GB arrival

31/5/1940 with Dutch vessel 'Batavier II' from Cherbourg, France, after an escape from Holland on 16/5/1940

Remarks

Detached from the Dutch Army

Data confusion


Name

3. Overdijk, Franciscus

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet

F. Overdijk Source: SLH

Carew Cheriton 050619 Overdijk F

Rank

Stoker 2kl, Ac2., Ag

Stb.Nr. 15589

Decorations

Oorlogsherinneringskruis with the gespen "Krijg ter Zee 1940-1945" and "Nederland mei 1940", awarded postumously

Born

3/7/1920

Place

Leiderdorp, Zuid-Holland, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hr

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. I Nr. T9364 NO-F 'Ypenburg'

Base

RAF Carew Cheriton, GB

Mission

Convoy escort

Status

KIFA, flying accident, aircraft hit hangar on take-off as a result of ice on the wings

age

20

Missing

25/2/1941

Place

RAF Carew Cheriton, Pembrokeshire, GB

Buried

Carew New Cemetery, Carew, Pembrokeshire, GB, grave C/4

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Ltz 2kl MLD M.R. van Kooij, Obs - KIFA

2. Res Sgt leerling Vl J. Michels, Pilot - KIFA

4. Korp Telegr C.J. Rademaker, Wop - KIFA

5. Sgt. J. Brugman, Ag - safe

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

yes

Mill Hill Memorial Table, London, GB

Mill Hill Overdijk

GB arrival

He was a sailor on the Dutch Naval vessel Hr.Ms. Medusa. Arrived 15/5/1940 with Medusa in England, after the vessel had taken part in the defence of the Afsluitdijk.

Remarks

Data confusion


Name

4. Rademaker, Cornelis Jacobus

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet

C.J. Rademaker Source: Deric Brock

Carew Cheriton 050619 Rademaker CJ

Rank

Korp Telegr, Cpl., Wop

Stb.Nr. 12045

Decorations

None known

Born

16/8/1911

Place

Noordwijk, Zuid-Holland, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hr

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. I Nr. T9364 NO-F 'Ypenburg'

Base

RAF Carew Cheriton, GB

Mission

Convoy escort

Status

KIFA, flying accident, aircraft hit hangar on take-off as a result of ice on the wings

age

29

Missing

25/2/1941

Place

RAF Carew Cheriton, Pembrokeshire, GB

Buried

Carew New Cemetery, Carew, Pembrokeshire, GB, grave C/5

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Ltz 2kl MLD M.R. van Kooij, Obs - KIFA

2. Res Sgt leerling Vl J. Michels, Pilot - KIFA

3. Stoker 2kl F. Overdijk, Ag - KIFA

5. Sgt. J. Brugman, Ag - safe

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

yes

Mill Hill Memorial Table, London, GB

Mill Hill Rademaker

GB arrival

Remarks

Data confusion



RAF Carew Cheriton, crash site of Hudson T9364. Four of the five crew members died in this crash. They were, and remained, buried in the small town cemetery of Carew Cheriton, directly West of the airfield.




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