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John McKenzie Anderson

Servicenumber : 1583043
Rank : Leading Aircraftman
Regiment : Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit : 6341 Light Warning Unit
Date of Death : 18-09-1944
Age : 20
Grave : Plot 4. Row C. Grave 11.
John McKenzie Anderson was a son of James and Elizabeth Anderson of Onibury, Shropshire.
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999) Anderson was killed in a glider crash, together with 5 other men (James Chassels Brooks, Harold Highton, Edwin H. Lascelles, John R. Swann, Alexander Tisshaw, Jesse Bosley and J.W.R. Harris. The men were given a field burial in a field between Opheusden and Dodewaard, about two kilometers north of the river Waal, seven kilometers southwest of Randwijk.
The Horsa (chalk 5003) was hit in a flak barrage some 8 kilometers south of the intended Landing Zone. It crashed 1 kilometer south of the railway station of Opheusden, along the road to Dodewaard. Horsa 5003 was towed by Stirling LJ-633 of 295th Squadron. Both aircraft had left England aroung 12.15 from Harwell Airfield. The Stirling returned at the airfield around 16.30.
According to an eyewitness the Horsa was hit by flak around 14.15. The tail of the plane was completely shot off and the plane came straight down in a field. It crashed partly in a ditch. The men inside the glider were buried the next day. 
I guess the crashsite was near nowadays highway A15.
Picture: 23-09-2012
Sources: Website CWGC, website www.paradata.org.uk, website www.marketgarden.com and Roll of Honour


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