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418 Squadron Crest
17/18.05.1942 No. 418 Squadron Boston III W8318 Sq/Ldr. Andersen

Operation: Intruder

Date: 17/18th May 1942 (Sunday/Monday)

Unit: No. 418 Squadron (motto: Piyautailili - 'Defend even unto death')

Type: Boston III

Serial: W8318

Code: TH-?

Base: RAF Bradwell Bay

Location: Akkerwoude

Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Peter Stewart Quirk Andersen 40197 RAF Age 24. PoW No. 46 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagen

Obs: P/O. William Falconer Young J/5688 RCAF Age 20. Killed

Air/Gnr: F/O. Sebastian Bernard de Mier 79234 RAFVR Age 32. Killed

Air/Gnr: Cpl. Frank Jules George Miller 529365 RAFVR Age 26. Killed


Taking off at 22:56 hrs with four others to attack Leeuwarden Airfield.

Hit by anti-aircraft unit over the airfield and coming own at Akkerwoude 01:15 hrs. Only the pilot survived, seriously injured and taken PoW.

A memorial to the crew was placed on the 18th May, 2017 exactly 75 years since the aircraft came down. Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma made this happen.

Burial details:

P/O. William Falconer Young. Dantumadeel General Cemetery (Damwoude). Plot E. Row 7. Grave 1.Born in Toronto on the 19th April 1921 of 631 Rhodes Ave, Toronto, Canada.

F/O. Sebastian Bernard de Mier. Dantumadeel General Cemetery (Damwoude) Plot E. Row 7. Grave 2. Son of Sebastian Bernardo de Mier and Luz de Mier and husband of Evelyn de Mier, of New York City, USA. Grave inscription reads: "He Had Courage, Courtesy, Kindness. He Could Not Then Be False To Any Man. R.I.P".

Cpl. Frank Jules George Miller. Damwoude General Cemetery. (Damwoude) Plot E. Row 7. Grave 3. Son of Samuel and Mary Miller and husband of Rose Miller of Drangfield, Yorkshire, England. Grave inscription reads: "We Meet Each Day In The Garden Of Memories Wife Ev. . Jeanne And Mum".

Researched and placed for relatives of the crew. For further details our thanks to the following sources shown below.

KTY 07.03.2019

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