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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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860 Squadron Dutch Crest
08.12.1943 No. 860 Squadron Swordfish HS274 A Sub/Lt. Evers

Operation: Training

Date: 8th December 1943 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 860 Squadron (Dutch)

Type: Fairy Swordfish II

Serial: HS274

Code: A

Base: HMS Shrike, Maydown Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Location: Carron Bridge, North of Kilsyth, Stirling, Scotland

Pilot: Sub/Lt. Jacob Evers KMR. Age 24. Killed

Pilot 2: Lt. James Smeaton RNR. Age 26. Killed

Obs: Sub/Lt. Johan George Hoffman KMR. Age 21. Killed


On a training exercise when it is thought they ran low on fuel crashing in the area as shown on maps.

Sub/Lt. Johan George Hoffman (courtesy Monique Scheermeijer, relative)

Crash area today

The graves of the crew (Higher resolution available to relatives - see credits)

Burial details:

Sub/Lt. Jacob Evers. Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery, Grave 1/42. Born on Tuesday 14th November 1911 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. NoK details not yet available.

Lt. James Smeaton. Monifieth (Or Barnhill) Cemetery, Angus. Sec V. Grave 146. Son of David Rennie Smeaton and Mary Agnes Smeaton, of Dundee, Scotland

Sub/Lt. Johan 'Jan' George Hoffman. Grangemouth Grandsable Cemetery, Grave 1/44. Born on Monday, 8th May 1922 in the Dutch Indies. NoK details not yet available. But hope to have new information shortly - see credits.

Researched for relatives of the crew with thanks to Rob Philips archives, Monique Scheermeijer, Wallace Shackleton, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Grave photo of James Smeaton courtesy George Evans. Grandsable grave photographs Aircrew Remembered own visit.

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