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1945-03-05-Loss of Johan Vlug

Crash site: Between Xanten and Uedem, Germany

Crash cause: shot down by enemy Flak

Name

Vlug, Johannes

J. Vlug Reichswald 050708 Vlug J Source: SLH

Rank

Res 1Lt Vl, F/O., Pilot

RAF 145141

Decorations

None known

Born

17/9/1917

Place

Schoten, NL

Squadron

RAF 322 (Dutch) Sqn Fighter Command

Ops/hr

156/131

Aircraft

Spitfire Mk. XVI Nr. RR240

Base

RAF Woensdrecht, NL

Mission

Armed recce

Status

KIA, aircraft hit by enemy Flak, force landed OK, but pilot was found dead in the cockpit

age

27

Killed

5/3/1945

Place

Between Xanten & Uedem, Germany

Buried

Reichswald War Cemetery, Kleve, Duitsland, 26/G/17

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

yes

Remarks

Trained at JAAB, USA

Credited with 3,5 V-1's shot down

Memorial

None known

GB arrival

Came from ML-KNIL, was send to GB

Data

Confusion

CWGC: buried grave 31/G/17


'Op 5 maart nam het Squadron voor het laatst deel aan gewapende verkenningen boven het oorlogsterrein. Bij een patrouille onder Res Kap Vl W. de Wolff, commandant A vlucht bevond zich Res 1Lt Vl J. Vlug die blijkbaar door afweervuur was geraakt en per R/T mededeelde dat hij terug naar huis wilde. Korte tijd later meldde Vlug dat hij de basis niet kon halen en Res 1Lt Vl A.A. Homburg heeft nog getracht hem te localiseren, zonder succes evenwel. Helaas werd hij later dood in zijn cockpit gevonden bij de spoorlijn Udem-Xanten.'

Source: Mr J.W.T. Bosch, "De militaire luchtvaart tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog in Groot-Brittannie 31 mei 1940 – 9 mei 1945", page I/3/140, unpubl, no date

His body was found on 7/3/1945.

Source: Gedenkrol KM, p. 51

It is unclear if he died as a result of the Flak hit, the forced landing, or if he was killed on the ground.

2. Crash site map

Map 117. Xanten, Germany, crash area of J. Vlug, 5/3/1945

His aircraft was found near the Uedem to Xanten railway, that no longer exists. The site has not been pinpointed.


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