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1941-08-30 The loss of Hudson V9063 NO-M (Bakker)

Crash site: Force-landed on the North Sea, 85 km West of Kristiansand. Also referred to as 'near Kristiansund', which is 600 km North of the Lista peninsula.

Crash cause: shot down by enemy Bf-109 fighters

Two of the five men crew were rescued by the Germans, after about five hours in the cold water. They were taken POW, and survived the War.

Hudson NO-M was one of three 320 Squadron Hudsons lost on this day. The flight of four Hudsons was led by Off Vl Heije Schaper. Near Mandal in Southern Norway, 60 km Southwest of Kristansand, a vessel was attacked from an altitude of 50 ft. One hit, leading to fire, was observed on the aft deck. Directly after this, the four aircraft broke formation and made their way home. Schaper choose to fly towards Norway first, so as to be able to make use of the sparse cloud cover he could find. He assumed that the others would follow, but they did not. The other three aircraft are assumed to have choosen a direct flight path home, that offered no cloud protection on that day and time. The aircraft could not communicate by radio. They became sitting ducks in a clear sky for the fast German fighters. Two of the 13 crew in the three Hudsons were rescued from the sea by the Germans. All others remained missing-in-action. Only Off Vl H. Schaper brought home his crew & craft.

Source: H. Schaper in R. de Winter & E. van Loo, "Luchtmachtbevelhebbers geportretteerd 1954-2005", KLu, 2006, p. 61-62.

Name

1. Deen, Klaas

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet

K. Deen

Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50

Rank

Ltz 2kl, F/Lt., Obs

Decorations

None known

Born

21/7/1916

Place

Groningen, Groningen, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hrs

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. III Nr. V9063 'Islawreker'

Base

RAF Leuchars, Fifeshire, GB

Mission

Stranded cargoship 'Troyburg' outside the small town of Farsund, position 58.0250N/06.4970E.

Status

MIA, shot down by Ltn. H. Ehrler with Bf.109 from I./JG77 from Sola airfield

age

25

Missing

30/8/1941

Place

Force-landed North Sea, 85 km West of Kristiansand, Norway

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

not in register, but nevertheless remembered in Runnymede

Other crew

2. Marinier 1kl H.J. Heeren, Ag - MIA

3. Seinersmaat E.H. Chateau, Wop - MIA

4. F/Lt. W. Bakker, Pilot - rescued from the sea, POW

5. Sgt. C.E. van Huijstee, Ag - rescued from the sea, POW

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

yes

Runnymede Airforce Memorial panel 29

GB arrival

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

Remarks

Two crew rescued by German He.59 floatplane

Ltz 2kl K. Deen swam away from the ditch site, but did not survive

Data confusion

OGS: Christiansund


Name

2. Heeren, Hubertus Johannes

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet


H.J. Heeren

Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50

Rank

Marinier 1kl, Sgt.

Stb.Nr. M.4925

Decorations

None known

Born

14/8/1916

Place

Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hrs

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. III Nr. V9063 'Islawreker'

Base

RAF Leuchars, Fifeshire, GB

Mission

Stranded cargoship 'Troyburg' outside the small town of Farsund, position 58.0250N/06.4970E.

Status

MIA, shot down by Ltn. H. Ehrler with Bf.109 from I./JG77 from Sola airfield

age

25

Missing

30/8/1941

Place

Force-landed North Sea, 85 km West of Kristiansand, Norway

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Ltz 2kl K. Deen, Obs - MIA

3. Seinersmaat E.H. Chateau, Wop - MIA

4. F/Lt. W. Bakker, Pilot - rescued from the sea, POW

5. Sgt. C.E. van Huijstee, Ag - rescued from the sea, POW

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

not known

GB arrival

Remarks

Two crew rescued by German He.59 floatplane

Data confusion

OGS: Christiansund


Name

3. Chateau, Eddy Herman

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet

E.H. Chateau

Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50

Rank

Seinersmaat, Cpl.

Decorations

None known

Born

11/7/1915

Place

Paramaribo, Suriname, NWI

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hrs

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. III Nr. V9063 'Islawreker'

Base

RAF Leuchars, Fifeshire, GB

Mission

Stranded cargoship 'Troyburg' outside the small town of Farsund, position 58.0250N/06.4970E.

Status

MIA, shot down by Ltn. H. Ehrler with Bf.109 from I./JG77 from Sola airfield

age

26

Missing

30/8/1941

Place

Force-landed North Sea, 85 km West of Kristiansand, Norway

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Ltz 2kl K. Deen, Obs - MIA

2. Marinier 1kl H.J. Heeren, Ag - MIA

4. F/Lt. W. Bakker, Pilot - rescued from the sea, POW

5. Sgt. C.E. van Huijstee, Ag - rescued from the sea, POW

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

not known

GB arrival

Remarks

Two crew rescued by German He.59 floatplane

Data confusion

OGS: Christiansund



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