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1941-12-02 The loss of Hudson V9036 NO-O (Dolman)

Crash site: on land near Elle, Lista peninsula, Norway

Crash cause: shot down by enemy fighter aircraft

Name

1. Bom, Antoon

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet

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

photo OGS



Rank

Marinier 2kl, Ac1., Ag

Stb.Nr. M.5145

Decorations

None known

Born

17/8/1918

Place

Amsterdam, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hrs

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. III Nr. V9036 NO-O 'Makassar'

Base

RAF Leuchars, Fifeshire, GB

Mission

Anti shipping patrol

Status

KIA, aircraft shot down by Ltn. E. Habermann with Bf.109 of I./JG77 from Lista airfield (see Kracker Luftwaffe Archive on this site)

age

23

Missing

2/12/1941

Place

on land near Elle, Lista peninsula, Norway

Buried

Initially in a group grave near the crash site. Reburied Erehof Vestre Gravlund, Volvat, Oslo, Norway, grave I/3

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

2. Off Vl 2kl MLD J.D. Dolman, Pilot - KIA

3. Korp Vl H.W. de Lijn, Obs - KIA

4. Sgt Telegr MLD K. van Tongeren, Wop - KIA

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

not known

GB arrival

Remarks

Data confusion

Usually reported as crashed at sea, crew buried near Vanse, which is 8 km South of Elle



Name

2. Dolman, Jan Dirk

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet

J.D. Dolman Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50

Photo OGS



Rank

Off Vl 2kl MLD, P/O., Pilot

Decorations

None known

Born

12/6/1911

Place

Beusichem, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hrs

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. III Nr. V9036 NO-O 'Makassar'

Base

RAF Leuchars, Fifeshire, GB

Mission

Anti shipping patrol

Status

KIA, aircraft shot down by Ltn. E. Habermann with Bf.109 of I./JG77 from Lista airfield

age

30

Missing

2/12/1941

Place

on land near Elle, Lista peninsula, Norway

Buried

Initially in a group grave near the crash site. Reburied Erehof Vestre Gravlund, Volvat, Oslo, Norway, grave I/4

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Marinier 2kl A. Bom, Ag - KIA

3. Korp Vl H.W. de Lijn, Obs - KIA

4. Sgt Telegr MLD K. van Tongeren, Wop - KIA

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

not known

GB arrival

Remarks

Data confusion

Usually reported as crashed at sea, crew buried near Vanse, which is 8 km South of Elle



Name

3. Lijn, Hendrikus Wilhelmus de

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet


H.W. de Lijn Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50

Photo OGS



Rank

Korp Vl MLD, Cpl., Obs

Stb.Nr. 15670

Decorations

None known

Born

16/5/1917

Place

Amsterdam, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hrs

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. III Nr. V9036 NO-O 'Makassar'

Base

RAF Leuchars, Fifeshire, GB

Mission

Anti shipping patrol

Status

KIA, aircraft shot down by Ltn. E. Habermann with Bf.109 of I./JG77 from Lista airfield

age

24

Missing

2/12/1941

Place

on land near Elle, Lista peninsula, Norway

Buried

Initially in a group grave near the crash site. Reburied Erehof Vestre Gravlund, Volvat, Oslo, Norway, grave I/5

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Marinier 2kl A. Bom, Ag - KIA

2. Off Vl 2kl MLD J.D. Dolman, Pilot - KIA

4. Sgt Telegr MLD K. van Tongeren, Wop - KIA

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

not known

GB arrival

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

Remarks

Data confusion

Usually reported as crashed at sea, crew buried near Vanse, which is 8 km South of Elle



Name

4. Tongeren, Klasinus van

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet


K. van Tongeren Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50

Photo OGS



Rank

Sgt Telegr MLD, Sgt., Wop

Decorations

Bronzen Leeuw, DFM

Born

2/12/1912

Place

Kesteren, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hrs

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. III Nr. V9036 NO-O 'Makassar'

Base

RAF Leuchars, Fifeshire, GB

Mission

Anti shipping patrol

Status

KIA, aircraft shot down by Ltn. E. Habermann with Bf.109 of I./JG77 from Lista airfield

age

29

Missing

2/12/1941

Place

on land near Elle, Lista peninsula, Norway

Buried

Initially in a group grave near the crash site. Reburied Erehof Vestre Gravlund, Volvat, Oslo, Norway, grave I/6

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Marinier 2kl A. Bom, Ag - KIA

2. Off Vl 2kl MLD J.D. Dolman, Pilot - KIA

3. Korp Vl H.W. de Lijn, Obs - KIA

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

not known

GB arrival

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

Remarks

He was married. He died on his 29th birthday

Bronzen Kruis met Eervolle Vermelding, 15/11/1940; later ingetrokken en vervangen door de Bronzen Leeuw

Voor uitstekende daden in tijd van oorlog voor het Vaderland bedreven, te weten: ingedeeld zijnde als telegrafist-mitrailleurschutter aan boord van Ons vliegtuig R7, hetwelk tot taak had in de nacht van 15 op 16 October 1940 vanuit Engeland naar het door den vijand bezette Nederland te vliegen en aldaar te landen op een der meeren teneinde een voor den geheimen dienst belangrijke opdracht uit te voeren, door zijn bekwaam en voortvarend optreden in hoge mate bijgedragen tot het uitvoeren van de gevaarvolle opdracht.

Distinguished Flying Medal, 10/1/1941

Lieutenant Schaper, Sub-Lieutenant Ritte and Corporal Van Tongeren were pilot, navigator and wireless operator gunner respectively of a Fokker seaplane detailed to undertake a special mission of the very greatest importance involving unusual preparation courage and initiative of a high order. Moreover the operation involved landing and taking off in enemy territory at night without assistance of any kind. Intense opposition from machine guns and searchlights was encountered at a height of less than 100 feet. Sub-Lieutenant Ritte received the entire bust of tracer bullets at point blank range. Fortunately the burst was deflectedby the bomb sight but splinters sprayed this officer's legs, face, hands and chest. Corporal Van Tongeren displayed extreme coolness and qualities of a high order in keeping his gun in action depite the fact that he was wounded in his leg and had his gun nocked out of his hands. Lieutenant Schaper succeeded, by his determination and courage, in bringing his severely damaged aircraft back to base with both members of his crew wounded. Although suffering from loss of blood, Sub-Lieutenant Ritte continued to navigate the aircraft and so enabled his pilot to make a safe landing in the most difficult circumstances. Lieutenant Schaper, Sub-Lieutenant Ritte and Corporal Van Tongeren formed a team whose perfect co-operation alone enabled them to extricate themselves from what might have been a hopeless situation.

Data confusion

Usually reported as crashed at sea, crew buried near Vanse, which is 8 km South of Elle.

OGS: no decorations mentioned on headstone


Initial group grave of the Dolman crew; cross with text in German. Two of the four were identified at the time, and by the Germans. We assume this grave to be on the Lista peninsula, close to the crash site at Elle. Author believes to see the following text:

Grab vom eine engl. Flgz. Besatzung.

Abgestürzt am 2.12.1941 bei Elle

Unreadible, very short name, last letter M > Ac1 A. Bom

C?pl De Lijn (H.W. de Lijn was indeed Corporal)

und zwei unbekannte Soldaten.

This would indicate that A. Bom and H.W. de Lijn were identified by the Germans at the time. Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50


'Uit een van de gesprekken destijds met de dochter Van Tongeren kwam o.a. naar voren dat zij en haar moeder begin vijftiger jaren een bezoek hebben gebracht aan het graf. Daar hebben ze gesproken met een ooggetuige van de crash die vertelde dat hij - de ooggetuige - vrij snel ter plaatse was op de crash locatie. En daar verschillende slachtoffers uit de wrakstukken had gehaald. Deze ooggetuige vertelde aan hen dat hij snel moest handelen daar de Duitsers al onderweg waren. Deze Noor had bewaard en aan mevrouw Van Tongeren gegeven restanten van de matrozenmutsband 'Koninklijke Marine' die van de een van de slachtoffers afkomstig waren. Of deze ook toebehoord hadden aan K. van Tongeren was niet duidelijk maar mevrouw Van Tongeren had ze in grote dankbaarheid aanvaard en altijd beschouwd als waren die stukjes mutsband van haar man geweest.'

Source: Rob Venema, email 29/12/2005

If the eyewitness report is accurate, it seems to indicate the following:

Bodies could be removed from the wreck by a civilian on land, meaning:

A. The aircraft crashed on land, not at sea near the shore.

B. The aircraft was not on fire.

C. The aircraft did not dive in; the fuselage was relatively intact on the ground.

Then it is tempting to conclude that the crew may have tried to emergency-land the aircraft.

A small churchyard with a village church, possibly in Elle or close to this village. The cross on the left marks the initial grave of the Dolman crew. Photo taken by Mrs. Van Tongeren, shorly after the War. Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50



Map 16. Elle, on the Lista peninsula, Southern Norway Crash area of the Dolman crew. The site has not been pinpointed.


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