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Kallenkote

Texel & Den Helder

 

 

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Leeuwarden Airfield

Schiermonikoog

Harlingen & Harderwijk

Occupied Harlingen

German Radar

Ameland

Vlieland

Terschelling

St. Jacobparochie

Rottum Island

 

 

 

 

 

Kallenkote Cemetery (Algemene Begraafplaats De Nieuwe Landen) at the village of Kallencote

 

 

78 Squadron's Halifax LW367

 

Three aircraft from 78 Squadron at RAF Breighton were lost on this tragic night for Bomber Command. LK763, LV816 and LW367. 

Halifax LW367 crashed near Kallenkote (Overijssel), 5 km ENE of Steenwijk, Holland. 

Funeral services for six of the crew were held on the 23rd of February 1944 at Steenwijkerwold (Kallenkote) General Cemetery, while Sgt Hemmings was brought there on the 12th of March 1944, following the discovery of his body two days previously, still in the wreckage. 

 

This small village cemetery also contains the graves of three British soldiers killed in the last stages of the war and that of a 170 Sqdn airman, Flt Sgt Leslie Robert Willis, who was killed in action on the  6th of April 1945.

The crew of LW367 were P/O T.H. Smith - Pilot, Sgt W.J. Webb - Flight Engineer,  P/O I.G. Bunn - Navigator,  P/O D.A. Riach RCAF - Navigator,  F/Sgt  A.C. Hamilton RNZAF - Wireless Operator, Sgt H. Hemmings- Air Gunner, Sgt R.J. Chaplin - Air Gunner Augenstein is believed to have shot down Halifax LW367 of 78 Sqn near Steenwijk at 02.30 on 20th Feb 1944.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Night-fighter pilot  who shot down Halifax LW367?

 

 

Hans-Heinz Augenstein was born July 11, 1921 in Pforzheim-Brötzingen in the region of Baden. After the conclusion of his training as a fighter pilot and heavy flight instruments, he was appointed to serve as a Leutnant in a 3./NJG in July 1942. 

Leutnant Augenstein claimed his first victory in aerial combat on the night of 31 July / 1 August 1942 by shooting down a RAF Wellington bomber near Ahlhorn. He quickly accumulated victories. At the end of 1942, Augenstein was transferred to a 7./NJG . 

On the night of 27 to 28 May 1943, he shot down no fewer than four bombers. Two weeks later, on the night of 12/13 June, three more victories went to his credit. From the 31st January 1944 he became head of  7./NJG . 

On March 1, 1944, Augenstein became Staffelkapitän of 12./NJG 1 The Oberleutnant Augenstein received the Knight's June 9, 1944.

At the end of 1944, Augenstein totaled 42 wins, all obtained at night. He won his last three victories during the night of 4/5th of November 1944. 

A month later, on the night of 6/7th of December 1944, his Bf 110 G-4 (W.Nr. 140078) "G9 + HZ" was shot down 10 km northwest of Münster-Handorf, by an RAF fighter. He did not survive.

Hans-Heinz Augenstein was credited with 46 victories, all obtained at night and 45 of them were heavy bombers of the RAF.

He has been credited in some sources with shooting down 78 Squadron's LW367  - *  see page 2

 

 

 

 

Halifax LL184 from 77 Squadron

 

LL184 was one of four 77 Sqdn Halifaxes lost on this operation.      See: HR949; LL143; LL239.    Airborne 23.40 19th Feb 1944 from Elvington. 

Crashed in the sea off the Dutch coast. On 19th May 1944 the body of Sgt Garfield was recovered West of Texel and he was buried in Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery. The others are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. W/O J.Dunlop,  Sgt W.Neil, F/Sgt T.R. Swinton RCAF,  F/S D.J.V. Dawson RCAF, Sgt C.S. Jones,  Sgt B.R. Garfield,  Sgt Charles Sidney Foster.

 

 

 

 

The crew

 

Pilot Officer Thomas Ross SWINTON Service Number: J/86402   RCAF Age: 21. Son of Thomas Stewart Swinton and Florence Kathleen Swinton, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

 

Pilot Officer Donald James Uens  DAWSON Service Number: J/88704 RCAF Age: 21 Date of Birth: January 31, 1923

Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada    Date of Enlistment: February 25, 1942 TORONTO, Ontario.

Son of James Garnet and Erma Jane (nee Uens) Dawson, of Smith's Falls, Ontario. Brother of Isabel Nadine Dawson.

 

Sergeant Benjamin Robert GARFIELD  Service Number: 1851578. Age 26.  Foster-son of Rose Harman; husband of Dorothy H. H. Garfield, of Chislehurst, Kent.  Buried Texel Island.  Reburied after the war in Bergen op Zoom (Noord-Brabant), War Cemetery

 

Warrant Officer James DUNLOP, Pilot. Age: 25   Service No: 989158. Son of Robert and Mary Dunlop, of Rutherglen, Lanarkshire.

 

Sergeant William NEIL,    Service No: 1571102

 

Sergeant Colin Edward JONES Age: 23 Service No: 546999 Son of Lewis Edward and Lottie May Jones, of Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

 

Sergeant Charles Sidney FOSTER, Service No.  1397833

 

 

 

77 Squadron

 

Halifax 5            LL239    KNA    lost        19-Feb-44 on Ops to    Leipzig   Pilot,     Dalzell

Halifax 2            HR949   KNH    lost        19-Feb-44 on Ops to    Leipzig   Pilot,     Thomas

Halifax 5            LL184    KNK    lost        19-Feb-44 on Ops to    Leipzig   Pilot,     Dunlop

 

 

 

 

 

Willem's Introduction

14

Ameland in war-time

25

Wartime Texel  & Den Helder 

1

Friesland War-time Crashes

14b

Ameland,166 & 75 Squadron

26

Hindeloopen

2

Friesland Cemeteries

14c

Ameland Graves

27

Destroy the Scharnhorst!

3

Leeuwarden area

15

Terschelling

28

Destroy the Scharnhorst! 2

3a

Wirdum Remembers

15b

Terschelling 2

28a

Destroy the Scharnhorst! 3

4

Schiermonnikoog

16

Sage War Cemetery

29

12 Squadron in World War 2

4b

Schiermonnikoog  part 2

16b

RAF Topcliffe & 424 Squadron

30

The Runnymede Memorial

5

Harlingen

17

Vlieland Cemetery

31

Vuren at war

6

Kallenkote Cemetery

18

Jacobiparochie

32

Makkum Cemetery

7

Wartime Occupied Harlingen

19

Hampden AE 428, & Koudum

33

A Fatal collision?

8

RCAF 428 Ghost Squadron

20

Willem's War-time photos

34

Hudson & Ventura losses

9

Zwolle's ' De Groene ' group

21

Shipdham Airfield & the 44th

35

101 Squadron

10

408 Squadron's Leipzig raid

21b

68th Squadron's Casualties

11

Friesland radar

22

Rottum Island

12

Lancasters DS776  & JA921

23

Bergen General Cemetery

 

 

 

 

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