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1944-08-03 The Loss of Claudius van Dongen en Hans Laufer Hellcat JV178 JV194

Crash site: Atlantic Ocean West of Isle of Hoy, Orkneys, Scotland

Crash cause: failed to recover from a steep dive

Name

Dongen, Claudius Antoon Dick van

C.A.D. van Dongen Source: SLH

Rank

Off Vl 3kl, Pilot

Decorations

None known

Born

19/9/1923

Place

Semarang, Java, NEI

Squadron

FAA 1840 Sqn

Ops/hr

Aircraft

Hellcat JV178

Base

aircraft carrier HMS Formidable

Mission

Status

MIA, failed to recover from a steep dive

age

20

Missing

3/8/1944

Place

Atlantic Ocean 58.45N, 03.36W, directly West of Isle of Hoy, Orkneys, GB

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Remarks

Memorial

None known

GB arrival

Data

Confusion

Gedenkrol KM: accident during take-off from HMS Formidable


Name

Laufer, Hans

H. Laufer Source: St.M.Vl.P. 39-50

Rank

Off Vl 3kl KMR, Pilot

Decorations

None known

Born

18/3/1919

Place

Soerabaja, Java, NEI

Squadron

FAA 1840 Sqn

Ops/hr

Aircraft

Hellcat JV194

Base

aircraft carrier HMS Formidable

Mission

Status

MIA, failed to recover from a steep dive

age

25

Missing

3/8/1944

Place

Atlantic Ocean 58.45N, 03.36W, directly West of Isle of Hoy, Orkneys, GB

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Remarks

Memorial

None known

GB arrival

Data

Confusion

Gedenkrol KM: accident during take-off from HMS Formidable

2. Crash site data

Map 84. Atlantic Ocean crash area of C. van Dongen and H. Laufer. Hoy crashsite.jpg

Dunnet Head, 03.2234W/58.4014N, the Northernmost point of mainland Britain. To the left is the sea area where Van Dongen and Laufer were lost. Thurso Dunnet Head 080207-9

Thurso, Brims Ness, looking directly at the crash area of Van Dongen and Laufer. Thurso Brims Ness 080207-3


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