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Pole 9


Mosselweg 8, Biddinghuizen


At 22:58 on 1 June 1942, Handley Page Hampden AT191, a twin-engined bomber, of Canadian 408 Squadron took off from home base Balderton for the Essen target. Over the IJsselmeer the aircraft was shot down by a German night fighter. The Hampden crashed near this location in the IJsselmeer, killing the four crew members.


  • Pilot: William Frederic Dixon Charlton, Pilot Officer, age 22

  • Navigator: Cyril Ian Andrew Sandland, Pilot Officer, age 20

  • Radio operator/gunner: Frederick John Ernest Womar (DFM), Flight Sergeant, age 23

  • Radio operator/gunner: Alfred Marland, Sergeant, age 21

Charlton is buried in the general cemetery in Harderwijk. Sandland, Womar and Marland are buried in Oud-Leusden cemetery in Amersfoort. Womar had previously served with 144 Squadron, where he was awarded his Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM) on 17 January 1942 for gallantry.

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