HALIFAX II JB845 EY-
English Electric Co Ltd, Salmesbury, Preston, 78 SQDN For an operation at Essen (Germany) this bomber took of with its 7 headed crew at Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire at 20.00 PM on 03-04-1943.
At 04-04-1943 This Bomber was hit by a German Fighterplane flown by Major Wilhelm Eckhart von Bonin (Right on picture , He died in 1992) statoinared a Fliegerhorst Venlo.
It crashed in Nederweert at Colusdijk (before) Koolhovendijk.
Pilot F/Lt RICHARDSON Thomas Herbert Ottewill 88657 KIA-Buried in Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery. JJB. 5
Engr Sgt DUNLOP Robert Osborne Mitchell R/70006 RCAF KIA-Buried in the Canadian War Cemetery, Groesbeek. XVI. F. 6
F/O ALLBERRY Charles Robert Cecil Austin
in Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery. JJB. 51
B/Aim Sgt KERNICK Reginald John 1338395 KIA-Buried in Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery. JJB. 57
W/Op F/O SHADWELL Lancelot Rodney Cayley 49298 KIA-Buried in Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery. JJB. 49
Sgt McCORMICK John 639959 KIA-Buried
in Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery. JJB. 54
AG Sgt WEBB Thomas Henry 1382258 KIA-Buried in Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery. JJB. 52
Relics, Parts from engines,bombcontainer,wingpieces etc,
Luftwaffe at the Crashsite,
Airgunner Sgt Webb,
Webb´s Family and grave,
Story from an eyewitness.
Sunday morning 4 april 1943 we found an aircraft which was broken into four pieces at Colusdijk In Nederweert a town in Holland.
Three major pieces were found in a pine forest and the fourth piece was lying in a field.
In this piece of wreckage we found the body of Navigator F/O Alberry (Charles Robert Cecil Austin).
After we went back we met an older man who told us that deep in the forest in a large piece of wreckage a crewmember was found major wounded on his head,
this was airgunner Sgt Webb (Thomas Henry) who was still sitting in the chair of the Tailturret.
The rest of the crew was lying approximately in a rang of 50 meters from the wreckage, so this must be because they heard the “jump-call” to late!
“We” took Sgt Webb out of his chair while his watch was stopped at 23.40 after that the first Germans were at the crashsite as It was at this time somewhere around noon.
They took care very well for Sgt Webb.
His throat was full of bloodstains and he was telling them he was very Thirsty.
In the afternoon the Germans took him to a hospital in Weert were he died about 18.30
The Bomber flown by pilot Richardson was on a raid "to or from" Essen, shot down by Major Wilhelm Eckhart von Bonin statoined at Fliegerhorst Venlo.