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1944-05-02 The Loss of Henk Roovers Spitfire RB141

Crash site: The Channel between Cherbourg, F, and the Isle of Wight, GB

Crash cause: unknown


Name

Roovers, Henricus Christianus Antonius Josephus

H.C.A.J. Roovers Source: SLH

Rank

Sgt Maj Vl Wnr, F/Sgt., Pilot

RAF VR 181493

Decorations

None known

Born

29/3/1919

Place

Gestel, NL

Squadron

RAF 322 (Dutch) Sqn Fighter Command

Ops/hr

10/7

Aircraft

Spitfire Mk. XIV Nr. RB141 VL-L

Base

RAF Hartfordbridge, Hampshire, GB

Mission

Anti-recce patrol at 25.000 ft in the Isle of Wight area

Status

MIA, crash cause unknown

age

25

Missing

2/5/1944

Place

The Channel between Cherbourg, F, and, more likely, the Isle of Wight, GB

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

yes

Remarks

His wingman, Tijd Res Sgt Maj Vl J.A. Maier, lost contact with Roovers

Memorial

1. Runnymede, panel 222

2. Former RAF Hartfordbridge General Memorial

Hartford Bridge Memorial b.jpg

GB arrival

Came from ML-KNIL, NEI. Trained at JAAB, USA, and send to GB, where he arrived on 3/9/1943

Data

Confusion

OGS: 3/5/1944 at sea near Cherbourg

CWGC & Bosch: 2/5/1944, Channel near Isle of Wight

2. Crash site map

Map 65. Crash area of H.C.A.J. Roovers, 2/5/1944,

The crash area is reported as The Channel, near the Isle of Wight, or near Cherbourg. The mission was in the Isle of Wight area. Fact is that Roovers vanished without a trace. As his wingman, J.A. Maier, did not receive a radio message from Roovers, informing him of a problem, it is thinkable that the aviator had lost consciousness as a result of high altitude flying in an unpressurized cockpit.



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