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1942-10-26 The loss of Rob van Woerkom

Crash site: Irish Sea off West Kirby or 26 miles off Douglas Head, Isle of Man

Crash cause: engine failure

Name

Woerkom, Robert John van

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet

Rank

Korp Vltg Telegr, Cpl.

Stb.Nr. 20467

Decorations

None known

Born

19/9/1920

Place

's-Gravenhage

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hr

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. I Nr. N7302 NO-Y

Base

RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk, GB

Mission

Training

Status

MIA, aircraft ditched after engine failure

age

22

Missing

26/10/1942

Place

Irish Sea off West Kirby or 26 miles off Douglas Head, Isle of Man

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

2. A.A.J. van Amsterdam - rescued

3. A. Hamelink - rescued

4. N.J. van Lessen - rescued

5. G. van der Wolf - rescued

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

yes

Bircham Newton General Memorial

GB arrival

Remarks

Data confusion

MLD: ditched 26 miles off Douglas Head, Isle of Man

De Haan: N3702, ditched Irish Sea off West Kirby

These indications are both inaccurate, and difficult to reconcile, see map

The four surviving crew members were rescued on 27/10/1942, 06.00 hours, by coaster 'Conister'. Van Amsterdam and Hamelink would not survive the War.

At the back, left to right: E. Hoenson, J. Sluyter and J. Dekker. Front row: H.A.I. Geraerts, J.W.F. de Vos and R. van Woerkom. Photo probably 1943. Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50


The crash site indication 'off West Kirby' places the site close to the English shore. The indication '26 miles off Douglas Head' places the site in the midst of the Irish Sea.


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