Date: 1941 Aug 18/19 A/C Type: Wellington IC SN: N2844 Code: HA-M A/C Nickname:
 File: 365 Airforce: RAF Sqn/Unit:  218 Sqn Mission/Raid: Duisburg
1 Pilot Sgt. Kenneth C. Shearing                   MIA 9    
2 CP/obs. Sgt. Roy G. Boswell                        Harlingen 10    
3 Nav/obs. Sgt. Lothian J. George               (Canada) MIA 11    
4 WO/AG Sgt. Alexander M. Wilson  (Australia) Oude Zeug 12    
5 WO/AG Sgt. Sydney A. Magure                       MIA 13    
6 Rear gunner P/O Ewart D. Pockney                    Lemmer 14    
7     15    
8     16                    

Crashed in the north-central part of Lake IJsselmeer (Old Zuyder Sea). Cause: nightfighter. On route to Duisburg.


The recovered bodies (3) were found in the north part of the lake.

Sgt. Wilson was found 8 weeks later at north-western harbour 'Oude Zeug' on the Wieringermeer dike. As standard there in this early period of the war, they took his body to naval base Den Helder. Here he was buried on Den Helder-Huisduinen Cemetery. Because this cemetery was cleared in 1947, he was reburied in centralization cemetery Bergen-op-Zoom (UK section) in the 'Den Helder-plot'.

The body of Sgt. Boswell was buried in Harlingen. This suggests his body washed ashore in the NE-corner of the lake.

Sgt. Pockney was buried in Lemmer on the first row of Allied airmen buried there, 5th grave.

The three MIA are in the wreck, on the bottom of the lake, or buried as unknown airman around the lake, probably above the line Enkhuizen-Urk.

See also our cemetery-files on Den Helder-Huisduinen, Bergen-op-Zoom and Lemmer.


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