- James Chassels Brooks was a son of James and Jane Main Brooks of
- 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.