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Crash Location Bristol Beaufighter NE465 Twisk

Crash location Bristol Beaufighter NE465 Twisk
Beaufighter NE465 was hit by anti-aircraft fire on January 17, 1945 during an attack on the harbor of Den Helder.

The fuel tank was found to be leaking and the two engines failed. The Beaufighter landed at this location on the arable land near the Kakelbrugsloot and the Hornsloot.

The crew:
Arthur James Maton, Royal Air Force Sergeant Major, Pilot, aged 22 (killed)
Henry Kinnaird Radcliffe, Sergeant Major Royal Air Force, Navigator, 21 Years (Refugee)

Maton's parachute failed to open fully and perished on the spot. He was buried in the general cemetery in Twisk. Navigator Radcliffe landed safely with his parachute. He then managed to reach the already liberated south of the Netherlands with the help of the resistance.

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