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1944-11-29 The Loss of Adriaan Hamelink Mitchell FR207

Crash site: no crash, fatally wounded by a Flak shell fragment over Ede, Gelderland, NL

Name

1. Hamelink, Adriaan

A. Hamelink, 1942 Source: SLH Middelburg 050714 Hamelink

Rank

Sgt Vltg Telegr MLD

Decorations

Vliegerkruis

Born

17/3/1917

Place

Goes, Zeeland, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 Squadron Bomber Command

Ops/hr

Aircraft

Mitchell Mk. II B-25D Nr. FR207 NO-U

Base

RAF Melsbroek, B

Mission

Raid on Deventer railway bridge; take-off 13.48h

Status

KIA, fatally wounded by enemy Flak shell fragment

age

27

Killed

29/11/1944

Place

over Ede, Gelderland, NL

Buried

Begraafplaats Westelijke Oude Havendijk, Middelburg, Zeeland, NL, grave M/893

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

2. E.C. van Harselaar - safe

3. J.G. Roosenburg - safe

4. J. Vink - safe

Remarks

On 27/10/1942 he was recued from the Irish sea, East of the Isle of Man, after a crash that took the life of Robert van Woerkom. He also survived, with injuries, a crash landing of Mitchell FR162, 25/3/1943, at RAF Perranporth

Vliegerkruis, 2/3/1944

Als radiotelegrafist aan boord van een bomvliegtuig van Onzen Marine Luchtvaartdienst in het Vereenigd Koninkrijk bij een dagaanval op een vijandelijk vliegveld nabij Brest op 25 October 1943 blijk gegeven van moed, groote plichtsbetrachting en volharding door, nadat hij bij een voltreffer in het vliegtuig in het gelaat zwaar was verwond, naast den eveneens zwaar gewonden vlieger plaats te nemen deze door zijn hulp en kalmte bij te staan bij de succesvolle buiklanding van het zwaar beschadigde vliegtuig.

Memorial

His name is on a Memorial in the Begraafplaats Westelijke Oude Havendijk, Middelburg, Zeeland, NL

Middelburg 050604-2 text.jpg

GB arrival

Data

Confusion

OGS: died Deventer. No grave plot letter. The plot letter was added to the Casualty Register on 15/7/2005

Gedenkrol KM: killed by Flak over Deventer


Adriaan Hamelink rests in Middelburg. Middelburg 050714 Hamelink 2b.jpg

The Deventer railway bridge under aerial bombardment in 1944. Despite quite an effort, and near misses as witnessed in the photograph, the Allies failed to destroy this bridge, that was vital to the German supply chain. Source: IWM. Deventer bombardement spoorbrug 1944.jpg

Reproduction from a late 1944 newspaper by J.P. Kloos. Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50, JPK collection 8-5-15


Figure 13. Zaventem, 1944, NCO Room, drawing by Res Sgt Vl Henk Holleman Source: From the Jan Kloos collection. Zaventhem drawing van Holleman.jpg


A 320 Sqn Mitchell at dispersal. Zaventem, winter 1944. Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50, from Vltgmkr (E) 1kl M. Breeman

2. Accident area map

Map 104. Ede, Gelderland, NL, map of the area where Mitchell FR207 received Flak hits that killed A. Hamelink. Ede.jpg



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