Plaque at Hartenstein Hotel to RAAF Aircrew Killed during Operation "Market Garden".

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  1. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    The Hartenstein Hotel contains the Airborne Museum commemorating the military activity conducted in the area during Operation “Market Garden” in September 1944. At different times during this battle, the building that houses the Museum was both a German and British HQ and a focal point of the British defence.

    The museum is located close to the Airborne cemetery where hundreds of casualties from the secnd world war are buried. Every year there is a annual tribute where there is a parade held in front of the museum.

    The Office of the Australian War Graves is grateful for the information provided by SQNLDR Nick Hese, Royal Australian Air Force.

    Construction information

    The plaque was placed on the 19 July 1998 by members of Number 23 City of Brisbane Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force.

    Location

    Utrechtseweg 232, Oosterbeek, Netherlands.
    The brass plaque is mounted on an internal wall in the cafe area of the Hartenstein Hotel which houses the Airborne Museum.

    Hartenstein Hotel.jpg

    RAAF Pilot Officer Keith Willett, 426206, 190 Sqdn RAF
    RAAF Flying Officer Thomas John Lennie, 425684, 98 Sqdn RAF
    RAAF Flying Officer Athol Richard Scanlon, 403535, 620 Sqdn RAF
    RAAF Pilot Officer Frederick Benbow Knight, 409798, 233 Sqdn RAF
    RAAF Pilot Officer Harold Morris Nottle, 410714, 98 Sqdn RAF
    RAAF Flight Sergeant Garnet Arthur Phillips, 426677, 190 Sqdn RAF
    RAAF Flight Sergeant William Burnaby Wheeler, 436353, 233 Sqdn RAF
    RAAF Pilot Officer Reginald Austin Davis, 413155, 190 Sqdn RAF
    RAAF Pilot Officer George Samuel Crawford Bell, 412361, 570 Sqdn RAF
    RAAF Pilot Officer Maurice McHugh, 410858, 620 Sqdn RAF
    RAAF Flying Officer Charles Douglas Hamilton, 409695, 233 Sqdn RAF
    RAAF Flight Sergeant Bruce Llewellyn Williams, 428538, 98 Sqdn RAF
    RAAF Warrant Officer Louis James Firth, 414923, 460 Sqdn RAAF
    RAAF Warrant Officer Edward Joseph McGilvray, 412632, 620 Sqdn RAF
     

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  2. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    Cheers Spidge


    I wonder if 23SQN (my current unit) actually have a memento of this occasion.........
     
  3. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Cheers Spidge


    I wonder if 23SQN (my current unit) actually have a memento of this occasion.........

    Would be good if they did. Does not exactly say whether Sqn Leader Nick Rese actually instigated the plaque or only supplied the photos and info.

    Would like to get another photo if possible from one of the members in The Netherlands as the left side is difficult to read.

    It was laid nearly 15 years ago so he may not still be around.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  4. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Davis and Willett loss details.

    20th September 1944 - 190 Sqn RAF - ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY, Arnhem, Netherlands.


    Quote:
    On this day there were 94 Commonwealth Air Force Deaths.

    ATA

    RAF Iraq Levies

    RAF 66

    RAAF 12

    RCAF 12

    RIAF

    RNZAF 4

    SAAF

    Rhodesia Air Askari Corps

    WAAF

    WAAAF

    WAAF (SAAF)

    WAAC
    Quote:
    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS

    413155 Pilot Officer DAVIS, Reginald Austin,

    426206 Pilot Officer WILLETT. Keith,

    Source:

    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 166/43/862 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Stirling
    Serial number: LJ 829
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: ATTD 190 SQN RAF

    Summary:

    Stirling LJ829 took off from RAF Fairford at 1503 hours on the 20th September 1944,
    detailed to carry out air operations in Holland. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after
    take off and it failed to return to base.

    Crew:

    RCAF FO Matheson, R J Captain (Pilot) †
    RAAF 413155 PO Davis, R A (Pilot) †
    RAF Sgt E F Keen, (Flight Engineer) †
    RAAF 426206 PO Willett, K (Navigator Bomb Aimer) †
    RCAF WO1 R W Allen, (Wireless Air Gunner) †
    RAF Sgt S J Cooke, (2nd Flight Engineer) †
    RCAF WO1 D L Brouse, (Air Gunner) †
    RASC Lance Cpl F Rexstrew, Royal Army Service Corps, 253 Airborne Coy. †
    RASC Driver J F Leech, Royal Army Service Corps, 253 Airborne Coy. †

    The aircraft was totally wrecked near Arnhem and all on board were killed.

    They are buried in the Arnhem Ooosterbeek War Cemetery, Netherlands.

    Arnhem is in Eastern Netherlands, and the cemetery is 7kms west of Arnhem.


    In Memory of
    Flying Officer Pilot
    Roderick James Matheson
    J/20179, 190 (R.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Canadian Air Force who died on 20 September 1944 Age 26
    Son of Capt. John Matheson and Annie Matheson, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; husband of Mary Irene
    Matheson, of Edmonton.
    Remembered with Honour
    Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery

    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer Pilot
    Reginald Austin Davis
    413155, 190 (R.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Australian Air Force who died on 20 September 1944 Age 27
    Son of Roland Bernard and Mary Davis, of Leichhardt, New South Wales, Australia. B.Ec. (Sydney).
    Remembered with Honour
    Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery

    In Memory of
    Sergeant Flt. Engr.
    Edward Francis Keen
    1850765, 190 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 20 September 1944 Age 21
    Son of Job Charles Keen, and of Sarah Maria Keen, of Stoneleigh, Surrey.
    Remembered with Honour
    Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery

    In Memory of
    Pilot Officer
    Keith Willett
    426206, 190 (R.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Australian Air Force who died on 20 September 1944 Age 29
    Son of Edwin William Sankey Willett and Margaret Anderson Hall Willett; husband of Leila Annie Marie
    Willett, of Gympie, Queensland, Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery

    In Memory of
    Warrant Officer Class I W.Op./Air Gnr.
    Thomas William Allen
    R/131619, 190 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force who died on 20 September 1944 Age 21
    Son of Thomas George and Gladys Norah Allen, of Blairmore, Alberta. Canada.
    Remembered with Honour
    Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery

    In Memory of
    Sergeant Flt. Engr.
    Stanley James Cooke
    1093155, 190 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 20 September 1944 Age 27
    Son of John and Edith Cooke, of Macclesfield, Cheshire; husband of Nellie Cooke, of Macclesfield.
    Remembered with Honour
    Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery

    In Memory of
    Warrant Officer Class I Air Gnr.
    David Lorne Brouse
    R/82714, 190 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force who died on 20 September 1944 Age 23
    Son of James Carleton Brouse, and Mary Elizabeth Brouse, of Iroquois, Ontario, Canada.
    Remembered with Honour
    Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery

    In Memory of
    Lance Corporal
    Frederick Rexstrew
    T/179420, 253 (Airborne) Comp. Coy., Royal Army Service Corps who died on 20 September 1944 Age 30
    Son of Henry Marshall Rexstrew, and of Alice M. Rexstrew, of Wallington, Surrey; husband of Gladys
    Rexstrew, of Mitcham, Surrey.
    Remembered with Honour
    Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery

    In Memory of
    Driver
    Joseph Francis Leech
    T/10663588, 253 (Airborne) Comp. Coy., Royal Army Service Corps who died on 20 September 1944 Age
    22
    Son of Joseph Thomas Leech and Abigail Leech, of Wigan, Lancashire.
    Remembered with Honour
    Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery
     
  5. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Williams and Lennie.

    RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG
    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT
    IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS

    Source:

    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 166/24/547 Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Mitchell
    Serial number: FW 194
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: ATTD 98 SQN RAF

    Summary:

    Mitchell FW194 was detailed on 25th September 1944 to carry out an attack on Arnhem,
    Holland. The aircraft was seen by other aircraft of the squadron being attacked by enemy
    aircraft over the target, and later seen on fire. FW194 crashed in Arnhem behind a Red
    Cross hospital.

    Crew:

    RAAF 428531 Flt Sgt B L Williams, Captain (Pilot)
    RAAF 425684 FO Lennie, T J (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
    RCAF WO H F Bowater, (Wireless Operator Air)
    RAF Flt Lt C B Carter, (Air Gunner)

    Three of the crew were killed and WO Bowater returned safe to the UK.
    Flt Sgt Willams and FO Lennie are buried in the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery,
    Locality Gelderland, Holland.

    Flt Lt Carter has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the Memorial to the
    Missing, Runnymede, Surrey, UK.

    WO) Bowater later stated “The others were killed when the aircraft crashed. Their escape
    had been sealed by the cannon fire.”




    In Memory of
    Flight Sergeant Pilot
    Bruce Llewellyn Williams
    428538, 98 (R.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Australian Air Force who died on 25 September 1944 Age 21
    Son of Llewellyn Eli and Olivia Rosalind Williams, of Gardenvale, Victoria, Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Flying Officer Nav.
    Thomas John Lennie
    425684, 98 (R.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Australian Air Force who died on 25 September 1944 Age 31
    Son of Thomas and Chrissie Lennie, of Maryborough, Queensland, Australia.
    Remembered with Honour
    Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery


    In Memory of
    Flight Lieutenant
    Charles Bindon Carter
    D F C, D F M
    132348, 98 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 25 September 1944 Age 25
    Husband of Helena Herdman Carter, of Belfast.
    Remembered with Honour
    Runnymede Memorial
     
  6. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball From the North.

    The memorial to all the Air Force Crews lost during Market Garden. It's to be found at the rear of the Hartenstein Hotel.

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  7. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Thanks Jonathon,

    I had not seen this other memorial.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  8. Pieter F

    Pieter F Very Senior Member

    It's in the garden of Hotel Hartenstein.
     
  9. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    It's in the garden of Hotel Hartenstein.

    Thanks Peter,

    The RAAF plaque is apparently in the cafe of the hotel.


    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  10. Pieter F

    Pieter F Very Senior Member

    Yes, I believe so.
     
  11. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    I spent a frustrating hour or two yesterday morning trying to locate the RAAF plaque with no joy. I spoke to just about every staff member both in the museum and in the restaurant next door.

    One bloke who had worked there for over 10 years had no recognition of it.

    Anyway, here are some photos of the general aircrew memorial
     

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  12. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    it use to hang in the old coffree room, might be possble that it now hangs in Hotel Schoonoord, not Klein Hartenstein. And if he worked in the museum for 10 years, he should have look better as it was on the wall, left side old coffee room towards the garden.
     

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