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David Henry Atkinson

Servicenumber : 133788
Rank : Flying Officer (Air Bomber)
Regiment : Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit : 570 Squadron
Date of Death : 23-09-1944
Age : 23
Grave : Plot 4. Row A. Grave 15.
David Henry Atkinson was a son of Charles and Dorothy Lee Atkinson of Marske, Yorkshire. 
On 23 september 1944 he was the air bomber on Stirling LJ883 (V8-K). The plane left England from Harwell Airfield and flew to Oosterbeek for resupplying the men of the 1st British Airborne Division. After finishing dropping the supplies the aircraft was down to 500 feet when it was struck by AA fire and a serious blaze started in the port wing. The aircraft continued to descend and struck the ground in the woods just north of Planken Wambuis, at around 16.30 h, on the Amsterdamseweg, north of Wolfheze, killing Flying officers William Kirkham (pilot), Ernest Brown (air bomber), David Atkinson (air bomber) and Morris Hand (navigator), Sergeant Harrold Ashton and Lance-Corporal Gerard Reardon of the 253rd Company RASC. When the plane struck the ground the rear turret broke off and probably that saved Flight Sergeant George Wood (air gunner) and despatcher Driver Stanley Badham. Both were hidden by the Dutch resistance and later escaped back across the Rhine.
After the war Atkinson was buried at the Temporary Military Cemetery at the Amsterdamseweg. Later he was reburied at the Airborne Cemetery at Oosterbeek.  
In september 1998 a small memorial was placed on the site of the crash of Stirling LJ883.
Stirling LJ883

4 pictures of the memorial at the crashsite at the Amsterdamseweg (pictures taken 24-7-2011)

 
Sources: Website CWGC and Roll of Honour

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