Date: 1941 Jan 10/11 A/C Type: Wellington IC SN: T2702 Code: LS-H A/C Nickname:
 File: 160 Airforce: RAF Sqn/Unit:  15 Sqn Mission/Raid: Hannover
1 Pilot Sgt. William R. Garrioch 9    
2 CP/Nav Sgt. Robert F. Beisley 10    
3 WO/AG Sgt. John Hall 11    
4 Eng/AG Sgt. Hardie G. Hedge                (New Zealand) 12    
5 Gunner Sgt. Glyndwr Reardon           KIA, buried Jonkerbos. 13    
6 Rear gunner Sgt. William H. Jordan 14    
7     15    
8     16                    

Shot down by German nightfighter and bellylanded on thick ice, Lake IJsselmeer (Old Zuyder Sea), 15 km west of Elburg.
Sgt. Reardon was dead and left in the aircraft. The five survivors walked for days on the ice before they reached land (became POW).

When the aircraft later sank through the ice (with Sgt. Reardon), it gradually embedded itself in the mud of the lake bottom. This part of the Lake was a much used fishing ground named 'The Geldersman'. Small trawlers (botters) must have hated the wreck intensely because they lost rigs on it. Over the years the aircraft wreck was torn apart. Eventually the wreckage was dispersed/sunk deeper. When this area was pumped dry in the 1960's, the wreck parts were hardly visible.

The Dutch airforce recovery team had already received letters of the crew to find the wreck and recover Sgt. Reardon. This took place in 1967.

As was usual in this period, the remains of Sgt. Reardon were buried on the centralisation War Cemetery 'Jonkerbos' in the city of Nijmegen.

See our site article on Jonkerbos and grave position of Sgt. Reardon. Seach on: Cemeteries - Post war centralization or Lake Area Cemeteries - Nijmegen.


- website CWGC
- crew interviews and letters 1965

More on file on this aircraft, will be put on this site page later.

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