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Richard Entwistle Ashton

Servicenumber : T/161755
Rank : Driver
Regiment : Royal Army Service Corps
Unit : 63 (Airborne) Composite Company
Date of Death : 19-09-1944
Age : 29
Grave : Plot 4. Row C. Grave 16. 
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Richard Entwistle Ashton was on board of Stirling EF-319. The plane left Keevil Airfield on 19 september 1944 on a resupply mission near Arnhem. After dropping (part of) the supplies the plane was hit by flak and crashed opposite cafe 'Rust Wat' at the Kemperbergerweg in Schaarsbergen. Five of the crewmembers survived the crash. One of them managed to bail out (R.W. Lovegrove), but his parachute didn't open in time and he fell through the roof of the cafe. 
Ashton was given a field burial at the crash site and was later reburied at the Airborne Cemetery in Oosterbeek.
Today the cafe is a restaurant. It is called 't Pannekoekhuis Schaarsbergen. 
Picture: 23-09-2012
  
Sources: Website CWGC, 'The Royal Air Force at Arnhem', '"Green On!"' and Roll of Honour

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