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1943-01-11 The loss of Hudson AM863 (Van de Bogaert)

Crash site: Solway Firth near Silloth, Cumberland, GB

Crash cause: flying accident during final approach.

Name

1. Bogaert, Edward Alexander van de

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet


E.A. van de Bogaert Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50

Rank

Off Vl 3kl, P/O., Pilot

Decorations

None known

Born

15/9/1920

Place

Soerabaja, Java, NEI

Squadron

No. 1 OTU

Ops/hr

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. V Nr. AM863

Base

RAF Silloth, Cumberland, GB

Mission

Training

Status

KIFA/missing

age

22

Missing

11/1/1943

Place

01.47h in the Solway Firth near Silloth, Cumberland, GB

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

2. Korp Vltg Telegr B. Corporaal, Wop/Ag - KIFA/missing

3. Hofmeester 1kl A.F. Post, Ag - KIFA/missing

4. Off Vl 3kl F. Schut, Copilot/Nav - KIFA/missing

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

no

none known

GB arrival

Remarks

Flying accident during final approach. The wreck was found 0,5 mile West of Silloth Pier

Data confusion

OGS: died over Irish Sea


Name

2. Corporaal, Bernhard

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet

B. Corporaal in April 1942 Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50

Rank

Korp Vltg Telegr, Cpl., Wop/Ag

Stb.Nr. 20462

Decorations

None known

Born

15/10/1921

Place

Bandoeng, Java, NEI

Squadron

No. 1 OTU

Ops/hr

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. V Nr. AM863

Base

RAF Silloth, Cumberland, GB

Mission

Training

Status

KIFA/missing

age

21

Missing

11/1/1943

Place

01.47h in the Solway Firth near Silloth, Cumberland, GB

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Off Vl 3kl E.A. van de Bogaert, Pilot - KIFA/missing

3. Hofmeester 1kl A.F. Post, Ag - KIFA/missing

4. Off Vl 3kl F. Schut, Copilot/Nav - KIFA/missing

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

no

none known

GB arrival

Remarks

Flying accident during final approach. The wreck was found 0,5 mile West of Silloth Pier

Data confusion


Name

3. Post, Antonius Franciscus

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet

A.F. Post, November 1942 Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50

Rank

Hofmeester 1kl, Lac., Ag

Stb.Nr. 10318/Z

Decorations

None known

Born

24/10/1916

Place

Amsterdam, NL

Squadron

No. 1 OTU

Ops/hr

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. V Nr. AM863

Base

RAF Silloth, Cumberland, GB

Mission

Training

Status

KIFA/missing

age

26

Missing

11/1/1943

Place

01.47h in the Solway Firth near Silloth, Cumberland, GB

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Off Vl 3kl E.A. van de Bogaert, Pilot - KIFA/missing

2. Korp Vltg Telegr B. Corporaal, Wop/Ag - KIFA/missing

4. Off Vl 3kl F. Schut, Copilot/Nav - KIFA/missing

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

no

none known

GB arrival

Remarks

Data confusion

OGS: died over Irish Sea


Name

4. Schut, Frederik

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet

F. Schut Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50

Rank

Off Vl 3kl, P/O., Copilot/Nav

Decorations

None known

Born

14/3/1919

Place

Dordrecht, NL

Squadron

No. 1 OTU

Ops/hr

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. V Nr. AM863

Base

RAF Silloth, Cumberland, GB

Mission

Training

Status

KIFA/missing

age

23

Missing

11/1/1943

Place

01.47h in the Solway Firth near Silloth, Cumberland, GB

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Off Vl 3kl E.A. van de Bogaert, Pilot - KIFA/missing

2. Korp Vltg Telegr B. Corporaal, Wop/Ag - KIFA/missing

3. Hofmeester 1kl A.F. Post, Ag - KIFA/missing

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

no

none known

GB arrival

Remarks

Data confusion

OGS: died over Irish Sea


RAF Silloth, Cumberland, GB, 3/11/1942. L-R above: A.F. Post, who died on 11/1/1943, and H. Harsevoort, who died on 9/2/1945. M. van Gelderen, and D.H.J. Born, who died on 9/2/1945. Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50

Line-up of 320 Sqn Hudsons & entire ground & air crews. Possibly at RAF Silloth, 1943 Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50, JPK collection 6-6-14

Remains of a RAF Silloth runway in 2008. The base was once quite large. Silloth airbase 080202-2


Many of the concrete hangars of former RAF Silloth remain, and are seeing a different use today. After the War, these hangars were used to store surplus aircraft, up to the size of Lancasters. Silloth airbase 080202-3


Map 29. Site where the wreck of Hudson AM863 (Van de Bogaert) was found


Solway Firth was given the grim nickname 'Hudson Bay' as a result of the large number of Hudsons that perished here. The Gedenkrol KM, page 45, states that a Hudson wreck was found in the Solway Firth, believed to be AM863.


The former Silloth Pier, established in 1858. The wooden structure carried a lighthouse, as seen in this postcard. Source: unknown, postcard


The wood rotted, and most of the pier was washed away in the 1940's. Source: unknown


Remains of Silloth Pier in 2008, looking towards the site where Hudson AM863 was found. The sea is the Solway Firth, also grimly called 'Hudson Bay'. Silloth crash site 080202-1


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