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1942-05-08 The loss of Hudson V8981 NO-M (Vos)

Crash site: North Sea 30 km West of Texel, NL

Crash cause: shot down by enemy nightfighter

Name

1. Vos, Herman Anna Petrus

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet





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


Rank

Res Sgt Vl, Pilot

Stb.Nr. 21077

Decorations

None known

Born

4/6/1918

Place

Roosendaal, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hrs

4/11

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. IIIa Nr. V8981 'Soerabaja'

Base

RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk, GB

Mission

Nomad patrol to Waddeneilanden, NL, of eight 320 Sqn Hudsons

Status

MIA, shot down by enemy nightfighter at 03:54h

age

23

Missing

8/5/1942

Place

North Sea 30 km West of the Isle of Texel, German Quadrant 4484, at 04.51h.

Source: German Abschussliste, via Hans Nauta

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

2. Sgt Vl W.G.J. Jansen, Pilot - MIA

3. Vltg Telegr Maat B. Koehl, Wop/Ag - MIA

4. Korp Mariniers K. van Klaveren, Ag - MIA

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

yes

Bircham Newton General Memorial

GB arrival

Send from England to NEI 1/9/1940 for military flying training

Remarks

Shot down by Obltn. Leopold Fellerer with Me.110 from 5./NJG2. See Kracker Luftwaffe Archive on this site

His name is not on the Bevrijdingsmonument, Parklaan, Roosendaal, carrying the names of Roosendaal casualties of WW2

Data confusion

OGS: shot down North Sea near Borkum


Name

2. Jansen, Wilhelmus Gijsbertus Joannes

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet

Rank

Sgt Vl, Sgt., Pilot

Stb.Nr. 15658

Decorations

None known

Born

23/11/1915

Place

De Bilt, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hrs

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. IIIa Nr. V8981 'Soerabaja'

Base

RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk, GB

Mission

Nomad patrol to Waddeneilanden, NL, of eight 320 Sqn Hudsons

Status

MIA, shot down by enemy nightfighter at 03:54h

age

26

Missing

8/5/1942

Place

North Sea 30 km West of the Isle of Texel, German Quadrant 4484, at 04.51h.

Source: German Abschussliste, via Hans Nauta

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Res Sgt Vl H.A.P. Vos, Pilot - MIA

3. Vltg Telegr Maat B. Koehl, Wop/Ag - MIA

4. Korp Mariniers K. van Klaveren, Ag - MIA

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

yes

Bircham Newton General Memorial

GB arrival

Remarks

Shot down by Obltn. Leopold Fellerer with Me.110 from 5./NJG2

Data confusion

1. OGS: shot down North Sea near Dutch coast

2. Geldhof (3): his death is reported in the German Totenliste Nr. 79, indicating that his body was found, but a place & date of burial is not mentioned


Name

3. Koehl, Bertus

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet

Rank

Vltg Telegr maat, Lac., Wop/Ag

Stb.Nr. 20451

Decorations

None known

Born

11/6/1918

Place

Semarang, Java, NEI

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hrs

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. IIIa Nr. V8981 'Soerabaja'

Base

RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk, GB

Mission

Nomad patrol to Waddeneilanden, NL, of eight 320 Sqn Hudsons

Status

MIA, shot down by enemy nightfighter at 03:54h

age

23

Missing

8/5/1942

Place

North Sea 30 km West of the Isle of Texel, German Quadrant 4484, at 04.51h.

Source: German Abschussliste, via Hans Nauta

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Res Sgt Vl H.A.P. Vos, Pilot - MIA

2. Sgt Vl W.G.J. Jansen, Pilot - MIA

4. Korp Mariniers K. van Klaveren, Ag - MIA

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

yes

Bircham Newton General Memorial

GB arrival

Remarks

Shot down by Obltn. Leopold Fellerer with Me.110 from 5./NJG2

Data confusion

1. OGS: shot down North Sea off Dutch shore

2. Geldhof (3): his death is reported in the German Totenliste Nr. 79, indicating that his body was found, but a place & date of burial is not mentioned


Name

4. Klaveren, Krijn van

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet




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


Rank

Korp Mariniers, Cpl., Ag

Stb.Nr. M.4906

Decorations

None known

Born

16/10/1915

Place

Nieuwer Amstel, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hrs

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. IIIa Nr. V8981 'Soerabaja'

Base

RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk, GB

Mission

Nomad patrol to Waddeneilanden, NL, of eight 320 Sqn Hudsons

Status

MIA, shot down by enemy nightfighter at 03:54h

age

26

Missing

8/5/1942

Place

North Sea 30 km West of the Isle of Texel, German Quadrant 4484, at 04.51h.

Source: German Abschussliste, via Hans Nauta

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Res Sgt Vl H.A.P. Vos, Pilot - MIA

2. Sgt Vl W.G.J. Jansen, Pilot - MIA

3. Vltg Telegr Maat B. Koehl, Wop/Ag - MIA

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

yes

Bircham Newton General Memorial

GB arrival

Remarks

Shot down by Obltn. Leopold Fellerer with Me.110 from 5./NJG2

Data confusion

1. OGS: died North Sea on board aircraft

2. Geldhof (3): his death is reported in the German Totenliste Nr. 79; his body supposedly washed ashore on 8/5/1942 near Breezand, Noord Holland, NL, but a place & date of burial are not mentioned. It seems unlikely that a body would travel the 40 km from the crash area to Breezand in one day. This could mean that Cpl. Van Klaveren baled out of the aircraft. In any case, we have no burials of unknown RAF airmen in the Breezand area, that could be a match for this loss.


If the German Totenliste Nr. 79, mentioned by Nico Geldhof (3) is accurate about the name Van Klaveren, a name the Germans could hardly have invented, then we have a number of graves of unknown RAF airmen, whose bodies washed ashore in Noord-Holland in the days and weeks after 8/5/1942. Many of these are still buried in the place of initial burial; some were relocated later to concentration cemeteries in The Netherlands. The nearest cemetery with candidate graves is in Bergen, Noord-Holland. At this point, we have insufficient data to connect any of these graves with the loss of Sgt. W.G.J. Jansen, Lac. B. Koehl and/or Cpl. K. van Klaveren.


22-06-1942

RAF

F/O.

Bergen (NH)

NL

25-06-1942

RAF

P/O.

Bergen (NH)

NL

07-07-1942

RAF

unkn

Bergen (NH)

NL

13-07-1942

RAF

unkn

Bergen (NH)

NL

13-07-1942

RAF

Sgt.

Bergen (NH)

NL

23-07-1942

RAF

unkn

Bergen (NH)

NL

23-07-1942

RAF

unkn

Bergen (NH)

NL

14-09-1942

RAF

unkn

Bergen (NH)

NL

16-10-1942

RAF

P/O.

Bergen (NH)

NL

21-10-1942

RAF

Sgt.

Bergen (NH)

NL

Table 10. Burials of unknown RAF airmen in Bergen, Noord-Holland, in days to weeks after the loss of Hudson V8981


Map 20. North Sea, crash area of Hudson V8981 NO-M (Vos) The blue dot marks the area where, according to the German Totenliste Nr. 79, the body of Cpl. Krijn van Klaveren washed ashore on the same day as Hudson V8981 was lost. If washed ashore at all, then bodies in this North Sea area would wash ashore Northeast of the crash site. See Chapter 10.5, 'About bodies washing ashore'. But it is very unlikely that a body would travel this linear distance of about 90 km in one day only. Cpl. Van Klaveren may be buried in Holland as an unknown RAF aviator, but we do not have the data that would enable us to say any more than this.



Kennermerduinen, near the erebegraafplaats Bloemendaal where 372 Dutch resistance fighters are buried, looking towards the North Sea section where Hudson V8981 was lost. Kennemerduinen 070502-12


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