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1945-02-03 The Loss of Johan Koes Spirtfire RK865

Crash site: Woensdrecht, Brabant, NL

Crash cause: aircraft broke up in the air during training flight as a result of an exploding engine. This was a Packard Merlin engine, with which trouble with the supercharger was experienced on several occasions. It also downed Res Sgt Maj Vl A.J. Bary on 13/2/1945, who ended up in hospital as POW.

Name

Koes, Johannes Godert Casper

J.G.C. Koes Source SLH Bergen op Zoom Can 050604 Koes

Rank

Res 1Lt Vl, F/O.

RAF VR 145139

Decorations

None known

Born

27/9/1919

Place

Batavia, Java, NEI

Squadron

RAF 322 (Dutch) Sqn Fighter Command

Ops/hr

47/43

Aircraft

Spitfire Mk. XVI Nr. RK865

Base

RAF Woensdrecht, NL

Mission

Training

Status

KIFA, aircraft broke up in the air over base during a training flight; the engine exploded

age

25

Killed

3/2/1945

Place

Woensdrecht, Brabant, NL

Buried

Canadian War Cemetery, Bergen op Zoom, NL, grave A/6/5

Known to

OGS

CWGC

Remarks

Memorial

None known

GB arrival

Came from ML-KNIL. Trained at JAAB, USA, and was send to GB

Data

Confusion

2. Crash site map


Map 111. RAF Woensdrecht, Brabant, NL, crash area where J.G.C. Koes lost his life The site has not been pinpointed.


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