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Alexander Forbes Ballantyne    

Servicenumber : 169868
Rank : Flying Officer
Regiment : Royal Air Force
Unit : 271 Squadron
Date of Death : 19-09-1944
Age : 25
Grave : Plot 4. Row B. Grave 7. 
Alexander Forbes Ballantyne was a son of William and Marion Ballantyne. He was married to Elaine L. Ballantyne.
Ballantyne flew to Arnhem in Dakota KG-374 from Down Ampney Airfield for a resupply mission. The pilot on that flight was David Lord, who would be awarded a Victoria Cross for this mission. They took off at 1232hrs. When the Dakota was approaching the dropzone at 1500 feet the aircraft was severly damaed and set on fire. David Lord decided to continu the drop and he flew over the dropzone for a second time, this time at 900 feet and under very intense fire. The crew succesfully dropped the containers. After their task was completed Lord ordered the crew to abandon the aircraft. Only a few seconds later the aircraft fell in flames, only one of the crew surviving.  The plane crashed at LZ-S, not far from the Reijerscamp farm, north of Wolfheze.
Ballantyne and the rest of the crew were given a field burial beside the aircraft. He was later reburied at Oosterbeek.
Picture: 23-09-2012
Some day you and I
Will take our love together
to some sky, I promise you
Sources: Website CWGC and Roll of Honour


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