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22 June 2016

Tuesday 28th - Heerde (Wapenveld) General Cemetery at 14:00 hours

The burial of four members of the crew of Halifax DT795:

 

Sergeant Philip Henry Eldridge
Sergeant William David Hawkins
Sergeant John Ceredig Jones
Sergeant Gerard Stanley Walters

In the early evening of 3 April 1943 an air fleet of 348 aircraft left England for a nightly raid on the Krupps' armaments factories in Essen, Germany. The fleet was made up of 225 Lancaster bombers, 113 Halifax bombers and 10 Mosquitoes of the Royal Air Force. Halifax DT795 was part of this fleet. It was stationed at RAF Lissett in Yorkshire and left its base at 19:41 hours. On the home leg it was attacked by a German fighter plane and crashed at 22:46 hours in the Apeldoorns Canal, Wapenveld. There were no survivors.


Thursday 30th - Werkendam Protestant Cemetery at 09:30 hours

The burial of Sgt John E Keogh (the rear gunner of Lancaster LM508)

On the night of 21 June 1944 a total of 127 Lancasters from 101 Squadron took off from RAF Ludford Magna in Lincolnshire. Their target was to destroy a synthetic oil factory in Wesseling, Germany. This operation was known as the Wesseling Raid. LM508 was one of these aircraft. On their way there they suffered technical problems and lost 2 engines. They were then hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire and the outside propeller on the left wing was damaged. They continued with their mission and dropped their bomb load before turning for home at a lower altitude of between 1200 and 1500 metres. In the early morning of 22 June they were attacked by a German night fighter. One of the left fuel tanks was damaged and John Keogh was killed. The remaining crew parachuted from the aircraft. Flight Sergeant T.H. Duff, the bomb aimer, was fatally wounded before leaving the aircraft and was buried in Werkendam Protestant Cemetery. The remaining 6 crew survived and were taken prisoner of war. The plane crashed and exploded with John Keogh still inside it. He was reported missing in action and so was commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

The crash site was excavated between September and November 2014 and his remains were discovered and identified.