Bergh (Kilder) Roman Catholic Churchyard

Historical Information (Source: CWGC)

The churchyard is adjacent to the church, in the centre of the village. One of the war graves is located against the north wall on the north-western side of the churchyard, and the others are in a plot in the north-eastern corner.  Seven Commonwealth airmen of the Second World War. Six of them were killed on 22 May 1944.


Served with

  • Canadian (4)
  • United Kingdom (3)

Served in

  • Air Force (7)

Lancaster III JB672   

Date of Crash: 22 May 44     Unit 630 Sqdn

Took off 2251 11 May 1944 from RAF East Kirkby. Shot down by a night- fighter and crashed at Kilder (Gelderland) some 27 km ESE of Arnhem.


R.C.A.F. 630 (R.A.F.) Sqdn.:

Pilot Officer (Air Bomber) William Baxter, J/87720, age unknown

Pilot Officer (Air Gnr.) Vernon Alfred Goodwin, J/89866, age unknown

Flying Officer (Pilot) Howard Wallace Smith, J/24995, age 22

Pilot Officer (Air Gnr.) Leonard Spensley, J/89950, age 21


R.A.F. 630 Sqdn.:

Flight Sergeant Raymond Coates, 1483125, age 21

Sergeant (Flt. Engr.) Kenneth Dickinson, 1609924, age 21

Wellington IC DV593

Took off 2135 14 April 1942 from RAF Snaith. Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed 0207 14 April 1942 at Kilder (Gelderland) in the commune of Bergh 27 km ESE of Arnhem.


Pilot Officer (Pilot) Cedric Mardon Hall, 114450, RAF 150 Sqdn., died on 15-04-1942, age 20