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Commonwealth War Graves Odiliapeel

The four graves on the Roman Catholic graveyard of the parish H. Kruisvinding in the village of Odiliapeel concern two aircrew and two members of the ground staff; they are:

1. L.A.C. Albert Ross. 2809 Squadron RAF Regt. (Airfield defense).
On 23 October, 1944 he was seriously injured during a collision between two army vehicles and succumbed as a consequence.

2. Flying Officer Derrick Copperwaite. 140 Squadron RAF.
He was a navigator of a Mosquito aircraft and was killed in his cockpit during an attack over Germany. The pilot made an emergency landing at Volkel airbase. Date of his death is 6 November, 1944.

3. L.A.C. William Leonard. 2809 Squadron RAF Regt. (Airfield defence).
On 11 November, 1944, he was killed during a German bombing attack on airbase Volkel.

4. Squadron Leader John Rolleston HEAP. 278 Squadron RAF.
Based on airfield Volkel he crashed during take off as a pilot on a Tempest fighter aircraft on 21 November, 1944.

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  • Text: Documentatiegroep Volkel (DGV) & Stichting Oorlogskerkhof Uden
  • Photos: Marcel Jans (1,2,3,4) en Fedor de Vries (5)