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17.03.1945 No. 603 Squadron Spitfire XVI SM473 XT-H W/O. Jack D. Green

Operation: Armed Recce

Date: 17th March 1945 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 603 Squadron

Type: Spitfire LFXV1

Serial: SM473

Code: XT-H

Base: RAF Ludham, Norfolk.

Location: Barendrecht, Netherlands.

Pilot: W/O. Jack Dawson Green AUS/419408 RAAF Age 21. Killed


Took off on a reconnaissance operation at 14.10 hrs. After attacking rail junctions north east of Utrecht which were reported as successful the squadron reformed to return to base. 

Right: W/O. Jack Dawson Green

During the return a enemy vehicle was spotted on a road and his section was ordered to attack it. The truck entered the village and consequently it was decided not to continue the action as it posed a danger to Dutch locals.

The squadron reported him missing. At the subsequent debriefing it was understood that he was seen diving towards the truck and came under intense light flak. 

He was not seen to be hit but another chap in the section heard someone shout that 'he had been hit.' 

It is not known if this was from W/O. Green or from another section who were also operating in that area.

In May 2010 the street where he crashed was named after him, along with a beautiful memorial, a local chap, Mr. Anton de Man who witnessed the crash, has tended his grave and also visited Ludham, Norfolk, England in 2012 to lay a wreath at the village memorial. 

Notes: Spitfire LFXVI was powered by the Merlin 266 engine.

Left, his original grave marker.

Burial Details:

W/O. Jack Dawson Green. Barendrecht General Cemetery. South West of church by Chapel. Son of Walter Dawson Green and Elise Maude Green, of 17 Killara Avenue, Camberwell. Victoria. Australia.

Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied, Anton de Man of the Netherlands, Nigel Pope from Ludham, Norfolk. Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 3, National Archives of Australia, Ludham village history website, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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