- Donovan Geoffrey Benning was a son of Herbert Thomas Benning and
Doris Olive Benning of Rushden, Northamptonshire.
- On 20 september 1944 he was flying as Air Gunner in a Stirling IV on a resupply mission to Arnhem during operation Market
Garden (flight LJ988). According to the book 'Blik Omhoog' (Cor Janse
1996) it was loaded with 24 containers and 4 baskets. The stirling got
into trouble during the approach. It came in flying low over the Lower
Rhine, west of the Doorwerth Castle. Maybe the crew attempted to make an
emergency landing on some farmland at Boersberg, but it crashed around
14.30 hrs or 15.15 hrs near swimmingpool 'De Branding' between Doorwerth
and Heelsum. Today this pool is part of a Golden Tulip hotel.
to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the
Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Donovan Geoffrey Benning was buried at the
'Onder de Bomen' cemetery at Renkum. He was later reburied at the
Airborne Cemetery at Oosterbeek.
crew of LJ-988:
- Donovan Geoffrey Benning
- Ernest Walter Bancroft
- Terence Bowers Cragg
- Cyril Mabbott
- Andrew J. Murphy
- Gordon Neale
- L.C. Nye
- Nye was wounded and captured. He survived the war.