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Visit the 'Thank
You, Eddie Hart'
Website. Wet Bird Productions
released a touching documentary
about his life and death and how it
brought an American and a Dutch
family together. Click on the above
picture to visit the site.
13 May 2013
F/L Leslie Gordon Fowler
DFC from Worcester Park, Surrey was an highly experienced
navigator. After a tour with 199 Squadron, he was posted to
214 Squadron. On 24
February 1945 he and his crew crashed on a Window mission to
Germany. They crashed near Bonn.
F/L Fowler survived the crash but was very badly wounded. He
died, over two weeks later, of his wounds in a Dutch
hospital and is buried at
buried at Zuidlaren is Soldaat (Private) Hendrik Kok from
Anloo, the Netherlands. Hendrik was conscripted into the
Dutch army when the threat of war was imminent. He was part
of the 7th Squadron Bicycle Infantry and was killed in heavy
fighting with the Germans on 11 May 1940 near Barneveld.
11 May 2013
from New Plymouth, New Zealand was an observer with 83
Squadron. He and his crew presumably crashed into the North
Sea on the night of 1 - 2 June 1942 on a 1000 bomber mission
to Essen. P/O Billing's body washed ashore on the Dutch
coast and was buried in Amsterdam's
Officer John Alexander
Brydson from Terregles, Scotland, was a spitfire
pilot with 66 Squadron. He
was killed on 1 April 1945 when he was shot down by anti
aircraft fire east of Arnhem. His plane crashed near Velp,
where he is buried. Thanks to Mr. Ernst Bruinsma for
providing the information and pictures.
Master Hugh Clunas Slater
was captain on the HMS
Drifter Ocean Reward. This was a examination vessel
operating out of Dover. It collided with an hospital ship on
28 May 1940 off Dover with the loss of all men. Master
Slater's body later washed ashore on the Dutch coast and was
buried at Schoorl General Cemetery, where he rests today.
realising it, yesterday was the 11th anniversary of this
Roberts was Captain of the
S.S. Firth Fisher, a
merchant navy coaster that was en route from England to
Boulogne with military supplies. On 21 May 1940 it struck a
mine and sank. Six of the crew died. The body of Master
Roberts was the only one to be recovered. His body washed
ashore on the coast of Schiermonnikoog Island and buried
there at Vredenburg Cemetery.
Adair from St. Joseph, Missouri was with the 325th
Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd
Airborne Division. He was killed by mortar fire on 2
October 1944 during an attack on Katerbosch. He lies buried
at Margraten. Many
thanks to Ernst Bruinsma who has adopted his grave and
provided a lot of pictures and information.
4 Carmine G. Liotti
(picture left) was from New York. A medic with the 319th
Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, he was the
receipient of two bronze stars, won in France in October and
November 1944. On 15 April 1945, near the town of Glauchau,
Germany, Carmine and three other medics were taking a
wounded German soldier to an aid station when they were hit
by schrapnel. Carmine and one other soldier died instantly.
The two others were wounded and died the next day. Pfc
Harry W. Heiberger
(picture right) from Pennsylvania was one of the other
medics. A receipient of the Bronze Star, he was wounded in
the attack and died the next day. He was awared the Silver
Star for his actions on the 15th of April 1945.
man, Tec 5 John
A. Cordin, was born in 1908 and was from New Jersey.
He, Tec 4 Carmine Liotti and Pfc Harry Heiberger are buried
at Margraten American
Cemetery. The fourth men, Cpl John Boire from Oregon,
was reinterred in Portland, Oregon.