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1942-06-20 Losses of 3 Spitfires (Van Houten, Stenger, Veen)

Crash site: Reported as St.-Omer, Pas-de-Calais, France, but possibly closer to Ledquent, near Marquise, and Pihen-lès-Guînes, SW of Calais, Pas-de-Calais France. These crashes are not reported in Hugues Chevalier's 'Crashs sur le Pas-de-Calais', Lillers, 4/2006

Crash cause: shot down by enemy fighter aircraft

Name

1. Houten, Cornelis van

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet


Grebbeberg 090204 Houten C van

Rank

Res Sgt Vl, F/Sgt., Pilot

RAF VR 1149995

Decorations

None known

Born

9/5/1919

Place

Woensel, NL

Squadron

RAF 118 Sqn Fighter Command

Ops/hr

59/85

Aircraft

Spitfire Mk. Vb Nr. EP234

Base

RAF Ibsley, Hampshire, GB

Mission

Circus 193, Escort bombers to Le Havre

Status

KIA, shot down by enemy fighter

age

23

Killed

20/6/1942

Place

St.-Omer, Pas-de-Calais, F, but possibly closer to Château de Ledquent Cemetery, Marquise, Pas-de-Calais, F.

Buried

Buried initially at Château de Ledquent Cemetery, Marquise, Pas-de-Calais, F. Reburied Militair ereveld Grebbeberg, Rhenen, NL, grave 8/19. Source: CAD-MvD 5.050.5220/81

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

yes

Other crew

N.a.

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

no

GB arrival

Remarks

The British fighters were jumped in the St. Omer area by about 100 E/A with Me109 and/or Fw190 of JG26 and JG2

Data confusion

OGS: place of death unknown


Name

2. Stenger, Paul Hendrik

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet


P.H. Stenger. Source: SLH

Orry-la-Ville 050702 Stenger

Rank

Res 2Lt Vl, P/O., Pilot

RAF VR 108978

Decorations

None known

Born

21/1/1921

Place

Purmerend, NL

Squadron

RAF 118 Sqn Fighter Command

Ops/hr

34/40

Aircraft

Spitfire Mk. Vb Nr. AR449

Base

RAF Ibsley, Hampshire, GB

Mission

Circus 193, Escort bombers to Le Havre

Status

KIA, shot down by enemy fighters

age

21

Killed

20/6/1942

Place

St.-Omer or near Pihen-lès-Guînes, Pas-de-Calais, F

Buried

Initially at Pihen-lès-Guînes, Pas-de-Calais, F. Reburied Nederlands ereveld Orry-la-Ville, Senlis, F, grave B/R/1/6

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

yes

Other crew

N.a.

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

no

GB arrival

Was in England on a boarding school when War broke out

Remarks

The British fighters were jumped in the St. Omer area by about 100 E/A with Me109 and/or Fw190 of JG26 and JG2

Data confusion

CWGC: Paul Hendrick, initially buried at Phien-les-Guines, F. Should be Pihen-lès-Guînes, SW of Calais

OGS: grave 6, corrected 2005 in B/R/1/6


Name

3. Veen, Johannes

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet


Orry-la-Ville 050702 Veen

Rank

Res 2Lt Vl, P/O., Pilot

RAF VR 1089983

Decorations

None known

Born

21/12/1918

Place

Garoet, Java, NEI

Squadron

RAF 118 Sqn Fighter Command

Ops/hr

46/35

Aircraft

Spitfire Mk. Vb Nr. EP134

Base

RAF Ibsley, Hampshire, GB

Mission

Circus 193, Escort bombers to Le Havre

Status

KIA, shot down by enemy fighter

age

23

Killed

20/6/1942

Place

St.-Omer or near Pihen-lès-Guînes, Pas-de-Calais, F

Buried

Buried initially at Château de Ledquent Cemetery, Marquise, Pas-de-Calais, F. Reburied Nederlands ereveld Orry-la-Ville, Senlis, F, grave B/R/1/5. Source: CAD-MvD 5.050.5220/81

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

yes

Other crew

N.a.

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

no

GB arrival

Interrogation report NA 2.09.06-7957

Remarks

The British fighters were jumped in the St. Omer area by about 100 E/A with Me109 and/or Fw190 of JG26 and JG2

Data confusion

De Haan: crashed Pihen, F (=Pihen-lès-Guînes, SW of Calais)

OGS: grave 5, corrected 2005 in B/R/1/5

CWGC: grave repatriated to The Netherlands

Map 24. Reported crash sites of Van Houten, Stenger and Veen

The initial burial sites of P.H. Stenger, Pihen-lès-Guînes, and of C. van Houten and J. Veen, Château de Ledquent, are 35 to 41 km West of St. Omer. Author assumes that the crashes were closer to the initial burial sites than to St. Omer. Château de Ledquent, in the hamlet of Ledquent, invisible on many maps, lies East of the A16 motorway, Calais to Boulogne, North of the junction with the D243. In the hamlet of Pihen-lès-Guînes there remains a small CWGC Cemetery, somewhat hidden behind the Communal Cemetery. The crash sites have not been pinpointed.


Pihen-lès-Guînes, Pas-de-Calais, France. Still a CWGC Cemetery. Coordinates 01.4719E/50.5215N.

Pihen-les-Guines 060207-3


Château de Ledquent near Marquise, Pas-de-Calais, France. Its large garden was used as a cemetery. 01.4113E/50.4859N. Chateau de Ledquent 060207-1


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