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LEUCHARS, CROSS OF SACRIFICE

 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 6:57 pm    Post subject: LEUCHARS, CROSS OF SACRIFICE Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 7:34 pm    Post subject: Leuchars Cross of Sacrifice Reply with quote

Thanks to Mr and Mrs Goldsmith for photgraphs.
Will also post on other forum but just wanted to show the mixture that is contained in this cemetery.




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Alex Crawford



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

I've visited Leuchars cemetery a few times and have photos of all the headstones.

Some info on A M ten Herkel. I believe the correct spelling should be Kerkel.

On 10 August 1941 while on a training sortie Hudson N7396 NO-V, 320 Sqn crashed 3 miles west of Dunino, whilst low flying. The aircraft burnt out and the cause was attributed to pilot error owing to over confidence and lack of experience on type.

Two of the crew Res Sergt W Hijkoop and Res Sergt A M ten Kerkel, both Dutchmen, were buried in Leuchars cemetery.

Info from Coastal Command Losses, Vol 1 by Ross McNeil.


Warrant Officer G J Forbes

Transit from Tain, Ross and Cromarty, to Leuchars

206 Squadron, RAF (Leuchars, Fifeshire - 18 Group)

Liberator GR.VI BZ961 - at the end of an anti-submarine patrol the previous day was diverted to Tain, landing there at 2352. Took off for return to base on the 14th at 1719 captained by Fg Off J W Bayard, RCAF, and on approaching Leuchars from the west in low cloud and poor visibility flew into high ground at Redstone Quarry, Balmullo, at 1815. All 11 crew and an Air Ministry meteorologist on board died. An RNZAF and RAAF wireless operator-air gunner, one of the two RAF navigators, and the captain are buried at Leuchars.

WOpAG: NZ414871 Wt Off George John FORBES, RNZAF - Age 30. 759hrs. 42 ops.

Info on Forbes courtesy of Errol Matryn.

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