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Jesse Bosley  

Servicenumber : 7356434
Rank : Serjeant
Regiment : The Glider Pilot Regiment
Unit : 1st Wing
Date of Death : 18-09-1944
Age : 24
Grave : Plot 27. Row C. Grave 3.
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Bosley died in a glider crash. He was given a field burial in a field between Opheusden and Dodewaard.
Bosley came from Derby and served in the Royal Army Medical Corps before he volunteered for the Glider Pilot Regiment. 
He served with A Squadron. In june 1944 Bosley came into action during the Normandy landings. 
On 18 september 1944 Bosley was flying Horsa 5003 to Arnhem. The horsa carried six members of the RAF 6341 Light Warning Unit and their equipment. The other people in the Horsa were: James Chassels Brooks, John McKenzie Anderson, Harold Highton, Edwin H. Lascelles, John R. Swann, Alexander Tisshaw and J.W.R. Harris.
The Horsa was hit in a flak barrage some 8 kilometers south of the intended Landing Zone. It crashed 1 kilometer south of the railway station of Opheusden, along the road to Dodewaard. Horsa 5003 was towed by Stirling LJ-633 of 295th Squadron. Both aircraft had left England aroung 12.15 from Harwell Airfield. The Stirling returned at the airfield around 16.30.
According to an eyewitness the Horsa was hit by flak around 14.15. The tail of the plane was completely shot off and the plane came straight down in a field. It crashed partly in a ditch. The men inside the glider were buried the next day. 
I guess the crashsite was near nowadays highway A15. 
Picture: 23-09-2012
 
Picture: 19-09-2016
 
Sources: Website CWGC, Website Paradata.org.uk, Website Marketgarden.com and Roll of Honour

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