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1942-06-26 The loss of Hudson T9435 NO-R (Van der Graaff)

Crash site: Hamburg-Rahlstedt, Germany

Crash cause: unknown, enemy action presumed. It is unclear how the aircraft, said to be on a raid against Bremen, would end up over the heavily defended city of Hamburg, some 90 km Northeast of Bremen. The Gedenkrol KM mentions Bremen as the crash site.

Name

1. Bolte, Johan Berend

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet


Ohlsdorf 050712 Bolte JB

Rank

Vltg Maker 3kl MLD, Ac1.

Stb.Nr. 90196/Z

Decorations

None known

Born

19/4/1916

Place

Amsterdam, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hr

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. III Nr. T9435 NO-R 'Balikpapan'

Base

RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk, GB

Mission

Raid against Bremen (?)

Status

KIA, cause unknown, enemy action presumed

age

26

Killed

26/6/1942

Place

Hamburg-Rahlstedt, Germany

Buried

British War Cemetery, Hamburg-Ohlsdorf, G, grave 5a/H/14

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

2. Korp Vltg Telegr MLD J. But - KIA

3. F/Lt. C.J. van der Graaff - KIA

4. Ltz 2kl W. Mattijsen - KIA

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

yes

Bircham Newton General Memorial

GB arrival

Remarks

Data confusion

OGS: grave Z35/2/28. The local Z35 coordinate leads to a field with German military WW1 burials. The outdated OGS data comes from a listing made shortly after the War, found in the CAD-MVD archive Nr. 5.050.5220/81 (Gravendienst/DIB). OGS corrected this to author's request on 20/12/2005


Name

2. But, Johannes

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet



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

Loenen 041030 But

Rank

Korp Vltg Telegr MLD, Cpl.

Stb.Nr. 13292

Decorations

Vliegerkruis

Born

21/2/1916

Place

Oost en West Souburg, Zeeland, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hr

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. III Nr. T9435 NO-R 'Balikpapan'

Base

RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk, GB

Mission

Raid against Bremen (?)

Status

KIA, cause unknown, enemy action presumed

age

26

Killed

26/6/1942

Place

Hamburg-Rahlstedt, Germany

Buried

Initially at Hamburg Ohlsdorf, grave Z35/2/27. Reburied 11/1/1952 at Nederlands ereveld Loenen, Gelderland, NL, grave E/561

Source: OGS, email 20/12/2005

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Vltg Maker 3kl MLD J.B. Bolte - KIA

3. F/Lt. C.J. van der Graaff - KIA

4. Ltz 2kl W. Mattijsen - KIA

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

yes

Bircham Newton General Memorial

GB arrival

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

Remarks

Vliegerkruis, 28/5/1942, wegens

Het gedurende geruimen tijd op oorlogspatrouillevluchten van het 320e Squadron R.D.N.A.S. van Onzen Marine Luchtvaartdienst blijken geven van moed, bekwaamheid, volharding en plichtsbetrachting.



Data confusion


Name

3. Graaf, Cornelis Johannes van der

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet


C.J. van der Graaf, May 1940 Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50

Ohlsdorf 050712 Graaff CJ van der

Rank

F/Lt.

Decorations

None known

Born

6/11/1903

Place

's-Gravenhage, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hr

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. III Nr. T9435 NO-R 'Balikpapan'

Base

RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk, GB

Mission

Raid against Bremen (?)

Status

KIA, cause unknown, enemy action presumed

age

38

Killed

26/6/1942

Place

Hamburg-Rahlstedt, Germany

Buried

British War Cemetery, Hamburg-Ohlsdorf, G, grave 5a/H/12

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Vltg Maker 3kl MLD J.B. Bolte - KIA

2. Korp Vltg Telegr MLD J. But - KIA

4. Ltz 2kl W. Mattijsen - KIA

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

yes

Bircham Newton General Memorial

GB arrival

22/5/1940 from France after he, in a group of 24 aircraft, mostly Fokker trainers, had escaped from Holland on 14/5/1940

Remarks

Data confusion

OGS: grave Z35/2/26. The local Z35 coordinate leads to a field with German military WW1 burials. The outdated OGS data comes from a listing made shortly after the War, found in the CAD-MVD archive Nr. 5.050.5220/81 (Gravendienst/DIB). OGS corrected this to author's request on 20/12/2005


Name

4. Mattijsen, Willem

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet


W. Mattijsen, 1941 Source: SLH

IJmuiden 050528 Mattijsen

Rank

Lz 2kl, P/O.

Decorations

Vliegerkruis

Born

1/4/1904

Place

Amsterdam, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hr

71/?

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. III Nr. T9435 NO-R 'Balikpapan'

Base

RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk, GB

Mission

Raid against Bremen (?)

Status

KIA, cause unknown, enemy action presumed

age

38

Killed

26/6/1942

Place

Hamburg-Rahlstedt, Germany

Buried

Initially at Hamburg Ohlsdorf, grave Z35/2/29. Reburied 11/12/1951 at Westerbegraafplaats, IJmuiden. Reburied 6/12/1962 at Gemeentelijke Begraafplaats Duinhof, IJmuiden, NL, grave 6

Source: OGS, email 20/12/2005

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Vltg Maker 3kl MLD J.B. Bolte - KIA

2. Korp Vltg Telegr MLD J. But - KIA

3. F/Lt. C.J. van der Graaff - KIA

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

yes

Bircham Newton General Memorial

GB arrival

22/5/1940 from France after he, in a group of 24 aircraft, mostly Fokker trainers, had escaped from Holland on 14/5/1940

Remarks

Vliegerkruis, 25/4/1947, posthumous

Heeft zich door daden van initiatief, moed en volharding tegenover den vijand onderscheiden, door als Officier-waarnemer tijdens den oorlog, tot zijn sneuvelen op 26 Juni 1942, deel te nemen aan 71 operationeele vluchten.



Data confusion



Incorrect Grave Positions

OGS was informed of the incorrect grave position indications of Bolte and Van der Graaff in the OGS Casualty Register on 13/7/2005, with maps and photographs to prove the point. When checking on 1/12/2005, OGS still sees the men as buried in a vast field with German WW1 military casualties. Quite incorrect. The men were originally buried at Hamburg Ohlsdorf, graves indicated as Kap. 6 Parzelle Z35 Reihe 2, graves 26 to 29. The graves were relocated to the Commonwealth 1919-1945 plot at Ohlsdorf, whilst the graves of But and Mattijsen were relocated once more, to ereveld Loenen and Duinhof, IJmuiden, in Holland respectively. OGS was notified once more on 19/12/2005, and responded the next day, that records shall be amended as suggested. Neither the CWGC nor the Hamburg Ohlsdorf management had responded to the OGS request for clarification. Now, after 60 years, the OGS can report the grave positions of J.B. Bolte and C.J. van der Graaff correctly.

Map 25. Hamburg-Rahlstedt, crash area of Hudson T9435 NO-R (Van der Graaff)

The crash site has not been pinpointed.


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