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31.03.1945 No. 403 Squadron Spitfire XVI TB737 Fl/Lt. Edward G. Aitchison
Operation: Armed recce
Date: 31st March 1945
Unit: No. 403 Squadron (Wolf)
Type: Spitfire MkXVI
Base: Eindhoven Airfield
Location: Near Osnabrück (Germany).
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Edward Grant Aitchison J/8387 RCAF Age 26. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During the morning was shot down during dive bombing of a train near Osnabrück.
Some reports are that he was picked up after baling out and killed by the SS.
Fl/Lt. Edward Grant Aitchison. Nederweert War Cemetery. Grave IV.B.5. Son of John A. and Louise Aitchison, husband of Bronwen M. Aitchison, of Elora, Ontario, Canada.
Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - June 2015. With thanks to Grant John Wissler for photographs of Fl/Lt. Aitchison. For further details our thanks to the sources quoted below.
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