Borculo General Cemetery, Netherlands

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Many thanks to Philip for supplying these gravestone images.

On the 6th September 1941 86 airfract, including 13 Wellingtons from 75(NZ) Squadron RAF, took off from various airfields to bomb a chemical pant in Hüls. The Squadron lost 2 of the Wellingtons on this Op, one was X9767.

Wellington Mk IC, X9767, Captained by P/O James Edward Johnson,  was shot down by a German night fighter (flown by Oblt Emil Woltersdorft, Unit 111, NJG1) over Holland. The Wellington crashed into the sea at approximately 00.11hrs near Borculo (Gelderland) South East of Lochem, Holland. None of the crew survived.

P/O James Edward Johnson RAF 66519 – Pilot. Age 21
Sgt Peter Simpson Dickson Johnston RAF 776002 – 2nd Pilot. Age 28
Sgt William John Barker RAF 1378561 – Rear Gunner. Age 33
Sgt Wilfred Bearne RAF 976174 – Wireless Operator. Age 22
Sgt Ronald Davies RAF 751130 – Front Gunner. Age 23
Sgt Robert Michael Minchin RAF 751355 – Observer. Age 22

2 thoughts on “Borculo General Cemetery, Netherlands

  1. Roger Strong

    Hi, I have been lucky enough to have on loan from the Bluck family the pilot’s log book of Norman Bradford Bluck, lost 24th June, 1943 in EH902. The regular crew of Bluck, Jim Cooksey, Geoff Strong, Michael Kendlan, Doug Armitage, John Gillard and Les Cant were all lost. I have also been able to uncover many details about Norman Bluck who was unlucky enough to be on board the ship Waiwera which was torpedoed near the Azores in June 1942. He and most of the crew and 14 other RNZAF pilots (8 crew were lost by the torpedoing) spend 4 days in very rough weather in mid-Atlantic before being rescued by a Norwegian ship and landed in New York. More details if wanted. I would love to hear from anyone with any knowledge of the RAFVR personnel ie all but Bluck Cooksey and Strong.

    Roger Strong



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