Date: 1941 Mar 24/25 A/C Type: Wellington IC SN: R1440 Code: LN- A/C Nickname:
 File: 55 Airforce: RAF Sqn/Unit: 99 Sqn Mission/Raid: Vegesack
1 Pilot P/O Thomas Fairhurst                    MIA 9    
2 CP/Nav Sgt. Howard V. Wansbrough        MIA 10    
3 WO/AG Sgt. Wilburn L. Waldron                MIA 11    
4 Bomb aimer Sgt. Charles W. Hall                        MIA 12    
5 WO/AG Sgt. Gordon Wilfred Brown          buried Harderwijk 13    
6 Rear gunner Sgt. William R. Moore                   MIA 14    
7     15    
8     16                    

Shot down by a nightfighter off Hindeloopen/Stavoren and crashed in Lake IJsselmeer. 5 MIA.

 

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Sgt. Gordon Wilfred Brown was buried 10 July 1941 (3 months after the crash), first Allied military in Harderwijk (first of 43). His five companions are MIA.  

A few days later a crew member of another Wellington (W5375), F/O H. Marshall, also crashed W of Stavoren the same night, washed ashore and was buried next to Brown.
They were the first 2 Allied airmen buried in Harderwijk, which today has a large airwar plot.



Sources: 

- http://www.teunispats.net/t990.htm

- website CWGC

- Our file on Harderwijk Cemetery:  http://www.zzairwar.nl/dossiers/936.html




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Below: in 2012 the Historical Society Harderwijk was allowed to erect a monument to commemorate the airmen that crashed in the lake.

















































































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