- David Stenhouse Black was a son of David and Lilias Wight Black of
Bridgend, Midlothian. He was married to Annie May Black.
- Black flew to Arnhem from Down Ampney airfield on a
resupply-mission on 21 september, around 11.00hrs. He was the wireless
operator in C-47 (KG-417). The plane was hit by the load from another
(American) Dakota flying above, lost a wing and crashed north of Driel
on the southern bank of the river Rhine around 17.15hrs.
- The load that hit the plane was a aluminium container and the
Dakota that dropped it was one of a goup of American aircraft, which
apparentely shouldn't have been there. The pilot from another plane
wrote a letter to the fiance of pilot Jack Wills. He wrote: 'We were briefed to fly at 1,000 feet only (in the drop
zone). We were following another Dakota about 200 yards ahead when from some dizzy height someone had dropped a free fall pannier which landed on the starboard outer wing of this aircraft which we were following and its wing completely broke off and the aircraft naturally plunged to its
- There were no survivors and the crew (James W. Erickson, Desmond
Hardy, Jack Wills and David Black)and passengers (four air despatchers:
Herbert Edwards, Eric Roscoe, Jack Taylor and Ben Welham) were given a
field burial at he spot.