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1942-03-12 The loss of Bernard Aarts

Crash site: 9 km NNE of Port Erin, Isle of Man, GB

Crash cause: aircraft flew into the East face of Cronck-ny-Arrey-Lhaa mountain

Name

1. Aarts, Bernardus Maria

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet

Mill Hill 050620 Aarts BM


Rank

Res Sgt Vl, Sgt., Pilot

Stb.Nr. 21086

Decorations

None known

Born

1/2/1913

Place

Eersel, NL

Squadron

No. 3 SGR - School of General Reconnaissance

Ops/hr

Aircraft

Botha Mk. I Nr. L6314

Base

RAF Squires Gate, Lancashire, GB

Mission

Training

Status

KIFA

age

29

Missing

12/3/1942

Place

9 km NNE of Port Erin, Isle of Man, GB

Buried

Initially at Castletown Cemetery, Isle of Man. Reburied Nederlands ereveld Mill Hill, London, grave A/16/7

Source: CAD-MvD 5.050.5220/86

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

2. P/O. Leonard Dobson, Pilot, RAF VR 113417, age 21 – KIFA, buried Beeston and Stapleford Cemetery, Nottinghamshire, GB, grave AE/446

3. F/Sgt. Leonard Charles Storey, Pilot, RAF VR 928608,

age 25 – KIFA, buried Cheshunt New Burial Ground, Hertfordshire, GB, grave H/L/38

4. P/O. John Albert Williams, Wop, RAF VR 112721, age 20 – KIFA, buried Hendon Cemetery, Middlesex, GB, grave J/2/52938

5. Ac2. William James Sidney Heap, Wop, RAF VR 1123746, age 26 – KIFA, buried Belfast Dundonald Cemetery, Ireland, grave A/2/230

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. Detached KL to KM. Send from England to NEI 1/9/1940 for military flying training.

Remarks

Aircraft flew into East face of Cronk-ny-Arrey-Lhaa mountain, Isle of Man. The wreck was found op 14/3/1942. Other crew not Dutch.

Data confusion

Post-War DIB-data has him downed in the Port Erin Bay

Source: CAD-MvD 5.050.5220/86


Map 17. Cronck-ny-Arrey-Lhaa mountain, near Port Erin, Isle of Man


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