Date: 1941 Jun 12/13 A/C Type: Wellington IC SN: T2996 Code: PM-C A/C Nickname:
 File: 168 Airforce: RAF Sqn/Unit:  103 Sqn Mission/Raid: Osnabruck
1 Pilot F/O Robert S. Chisholm            New Zealand 9    
2 CP/Obs P/O Arthur V. Hardcastle 10    
3 Fl Eng/AG F/O William C. Taffender 11    
4 WO/AG F/S Alan Greensides 12    
5 WO/AG Sgt. Albert G. Burbridge 13    
6 Rear gunner F/S John K. Horniman               Bergen (aan Zee) 14    
7     15    
8     16                    

This aircraft dove deep in the ground. Only the body of rear gunner Sgt. Horniman was found at the point of impact.
The German recovery team took the remains of Sgt. Horniman with them and buried him (row 1) at their base in Bergen aan Zee.

In 1966 a local wanted to build a house on the location, but because the Germans had put a fieldgrave-marker on the spot (with the names obtained via the Red Cross), everybody knew well what was in the ground here. The Dutch airforce cleared the site in 1966, found the crew, bombs and the entire aircraft except a wing.
The 5 men recovered were buried in centralisation War Cemetery 'Jonkerbos' in Nijmegen.

Read more on the above in our cemetery-file on Wervershoof and Nijmegen-Jonkerbos (Search on: Cemeteries - Lake Area Cemeteries).

In 2001 a propeller-monument was erected on the site, but it is on private terrain.


- Website Westfries Genootschap
- Book 'In de schaduw van de glorie' by S.L. Veentra
- Foto 
- website CWGC
- Foto of the wing 1941
- for more photos on the propeller-monument at the crash site Google 'Wellington Zwaagdijk'

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