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1945-02-14-Loss of Frans van Eijk

Crash site: Reichswald, Kleve, G

Crash cause: shot down by enemy Flak

Name

Eijk, Frans Johan Hubert van

Eijk FJH van CA Source: BRIOP, via Hille Oppedijk 1942.jpg Gouda 050416 Van Eijk b.jpg

Rank

Res 1Lt Vl, F/Lt., Pilot

RAF VR 113894

Decorations

Bronzen Leeuw 2x, OHK, gesp 'Nederland Mei 1940', gesp 'Oorlogsvluchten'

Born

19/11/1918

Place

Gouda, Zuid Holland, NL

Squadron

RAF 322 (Dutch) Sqn Fighter Command

Ops/hr

130/119

Aircraft

Spitfire Mk. XVI Nr. RK895 3W-E

Base

RAF Woensdrecht, NL

Mission

Armed recon

Status

KIA, aircraft shot down by enemy Flak

age

26

Killed

14/2/1945

Place

Reichswald near Kleve, G

Buried

Gemeentelijke Begraafplaats IJsselhof, Gouda, grave A/C/4

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

yes

Remarks

Trained in De Winton, Canada. Became Flying Officer 23/07/1943.

Wingman Res 1Lt Vl J.W. Dekker reported that Van Eijk fell victim to a Flaktrap. The tail of his aircraft burned after a Flak hit, and the tail severed from the aircraft. The pilot was unable to leave the aircraft due to shell fragments in the legs.

Credited with 3 V-1's shot down.

Memorial

None known

GB arrival

16/05/1940

Data

Confusion

CWGC: christian name 'Fraks'

Bosch & De Haan: crashed near Weeze, SE of Goch, Germany

Joined service 10/10/1938 with the 1e Regiment Luchtdoelartillerie. He had 5 years of HBS, and joined officer training. On 14/05/1940 Vaandrig Van Eijk is reported missing. Two days later he arrives in the UK, one of the first group to get out of occupied Holland, by boat.

2. Crash site map

Map 115. Reichswald, Germany, just across the Dutch border at Nijmegen. Area where F.J.H. van Eijk crashed on 14/2/1945

The site, also reported as near Weeze, has not been pinpointed.


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