17 L of S - Royal Corps of Signals - 23 Feb 1945

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  1. Cookstown WarDead

    Cookstown WarDead New Member

    I'm attempting to research Driver Bertie Nimmons
    17 L of S - Royal Corps of Signals
    who died on 23rd February 1945.

    Working through the CWGC records, I see that 11-12 men from this unit died on this day.
    They are all buried in Schoonselhof Cemetery in Antwerpan.

    Can anyone give me any pointers as to what happened them?
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    I think you will find it was a V2 rocket that was the cause - still checking though, hopefully someone else might be quicker than me

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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    V2ROCKET.COM Antwerp: City of Sudden Death
    In late January, early February, the number of flying bombs had increased to the highest point and then tapered off in the month of March 1945. As the V-weapon attacks on Antwerp came to an end and the German firing crews were forced to retreat by the advancing Allied troops, the last V-2 rocket was felt in Antwerp on March 27, landing in Mortsel killing 27 and injuring another 62 people. The last of the flying bombs occurred on March 30. Final numbers indicate: From October 1944 to March 1945, more than 4,800 V-1's were detected. Of these, only 4.5 percent fell into the protected area around Antwerp.
    The effectiveness of the Antwerp-X defense meant that only 211 got through the massive defenses.
    The V-bomb campaign saw more than 850 V-1 and V-2 missiles rain down on the Antwerp city area over a period of 167 days. Another 1,300 fell on the 50 districts surrounding the city. Together the attacks took the lives of more than 3,400 civilians and 700 allied service personnel, and destroyed or damaged more than 90,000 properties. In almost six months of terror, there were just 12 days on which no bombs fell. At the end of March 1945, the people began to return to the city, and within a few years, most important repairs had been made to city infrastructure.

    The date isnt there but .........................

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  4. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

  5. travers1940

    travers1940 Well-Known Member

    Maybe the full version of this may help from the British Newspaper Archive

    ... who was one year old on the day the news was received, reside at Strandmore, Portrush. DRIVER BERTIENIMMONS Driver Bertie Nimmons, husband of Mrs. S. Nimmons,' G.S.R.N., S.C.M., Braeside, Drumahoe, Co. Derry, has been reported killed in ...

    Published: Thursday 08 March 1945
    Londonderry Sentinal
  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    It might have been a V1 - reading more on this web site V2ROCKET.COM Antwerp: City of Sudden Death

    Antwerp Impacts
    February 1945 V1- 224 V2 - 59

    Figures above may not be 100% accurate. However, this is a good account from J. De Launay. For the whole V-bomb campaign on Antwerp on average 3 (three) V-2s per day impacted on the area of greater Antwerp. The number of V-1 was on average 4 per day in December and January, climbing to 12 daily in February 1945.

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