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Memorial Short Stirling R9197

The text on the memorial is:

On 3 February 1943 at 8:04 PM at this spot Stirling Mark I R9197 BU-V crashed after an aerial combat with a German Messerschmitt Bf 110 night fighter.

All crewmembers were killed. They are buried in Commonwealth War Graves at the Rusthof cemetery in Leusden, plot XIII row 5, grave numbers 81 - 88. With this memorial we will remember them.

Denis Hedley Smith (22) UK pilot
Derek Gordon de Garis (20) UK co-pilot
Ronald Frank Evans (26) UK flight engineer
John Irven MacKenzie (26) CDN navigator
William McKenzie Murdoch (21) CDN observer/bomb aimer
William Obediah Powell (22) CDN wireless operator/airgunner
Daniel O'Neill (22) CDN dorsal gunner
Arley Henry Thiessen (23) CDN tail gunner

These heroes fought for our freedom and peace.

"In grateful remembrance"

HISTORISCHE KRING LEUSDEN
Memorial design: Mirjam Woltman

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Feb2018

Photo report unveiling of a memorial for Short Stirling Mark I R9197 BU-V

On 3 February 2018 a memorial was unveiled in remembrance of Short Stirling Mark I R9197 BU-V, which has crashed near Leusden exactly 75 years earlier. The ceremony was attended by next of kin of the perished aircrew from the United Kingdom and Canada.

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