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.
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.
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