De Wijk General Cemetery

Historical Information (Source: CWGC)

There is a single 1939-1945 war casualty commemorated in this site. The war grave is in the south-western part.

 

May 5, 1943, Wellington HE530, 466th (Australian) Squadron, was on a mission to Dortmund. During the flight it was attacked by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Lothar Linke of the 12./NJG 1, flying a Bf 110 G-4 where the starboard engine was hit and a fire broke out. The pilot L.F. James ordered to jump. The aircraft crashed around 1 o'clock in the morning, one crew member, gunner F.G. Latham, was found dead next to the plane and buried in the general cemetery. The remaining crew members were taken prisoner of war.

 

Crew:

Pilot Sgt. L.F. James 414299 RAAF Survived evader, pow

Navigator Sgt. R.E. Dolby 414212 RAAF Survived pow

Bomb aimer Sgt. R.L. Lutton 413214 RAAF Survived pow

Wireless Op Sgt. J.R. Baxter 1148282 RAF Survived pow

Air gunner Sgt. F.G. Latham 412543 RAAF De Wijk 141   


Sergeant LATHAM, FRANCIS GRAHAM - Service Number 412543

Died 05/05/1943 - Aged 21 - Royal Australian Air Force

Son of Edward James Latham and Charlotte Emily Latham, of Sutherland, New South Wales, Australia. South.

"CLIMBED THE HILL TO PARADISE"

NAA Item Number 5528595 Latham
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Latham is 2nd from right