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James Chassels Brooks  

Servicenumber : 1470237
Rank : Leading Aircraftman
Regiment : Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit : 6341 Light Warning Unit
Date of Death : 18-09-1944
Age : 31
Grave : Plot 4. Row C. Grave 8.
James Chassels Brooks was a son of James and Jane Main Brooks of Hamilton, Lanarkshire. 
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Brooks was killed in a glider crash, together with John McKenzie Anderson, Harold Highton, Edwin H. Lascelles, John R. Swann, Alexander Tisshaw, Jesse Bosley and J.W.R. Harris. He was given a field burial in a field between Opheusden en Dodewaard, about 2 km north of the river Waal.
The Horsa (chalk 5003) 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
 
Sources: Website CWGC, Website Paradata.org.uk, Website Marketgarden.com and Roll of Honour. 

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