- George Van Ingen was a son of George Cornillius and Annie Margaret
Van Ingen, of Forest Hill, London.
- According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of
Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 2011) Van Ingen was one of the Air
Despatchers on board of Dakota KG-566 of 233 Squadron Royal Air Force.
They left Blakehill Farm Airfield for a resupply mission at Arnhem. The
Dakota was shot down by German fighters and crashed near the 'Sans
Souci' farm on Zwaanstraat, Eindhoven, at 17.34 hrs. The pilot is still
missing, but the other men on board were buried in Eindhoven. The
authors of The Royal Air Force at Arnhem (Luuk Buist, Philip Reinders
and Geert Maassen) wrote that KG-566 crashed at Oirschotsedijk in
- The author of "Green On!" (Arie-Jan van Hees) wrote about
the crash on page 237 and 238: "...many Dutch were taking care
of their business 'as usual'. Mr. Brands had left for the milk factory
at Son earlier that day to sell his produce and Mrs. Brands-Vaassen was
having a cup of coffee in her garden outside their farm. The local time
was approximately 1730 hours, 1630 hours UK time. Suddenly she saw an
aircraft coming down vertically in a nose-down attitude and crash in a
soggy field near their farm. The same event was witnessed by Mr.
Razenberg, who saw one of the wings being shot of and noticed it
whirling down after the aircraft had nosed in.
- KG566 crashed near the 'Sans Souci' farm of the Brands family,
south of the 'Oirschotse Dijk', north west of Eindhoven. None of the
crew had been able to bale out and seven bodies were recovered from the
wreckage and buried at the General cemetery at Woensel. Regrettably the
body of the pilot, Flying Officer Hamilton, has never been recovered and
it is believed that his remains are still in the cockpit of KG566 deep
under the surface. Nowadays the crash site is built up by industrial
buildings of the Philips glass laboratory."
- The crew of KG-566:
- Louis James Firth
- Frederick Benbow Knight
- William Burnaby Wheeler
- Charles Douglas Hamilton
- Robert Winter Crooks
- Joseph Dellanzo
- Robert Sharpe
- George Van Ingen