Trying to Pinpoint an Area in Netherlands

Discussion in 'Royal Engineers' started by toki2, May 4, 2014.

  1. toki2

    toki2 Junior Member

    My father (RASC Tipper) went missing overnight while under command of 246 Field Co. He was working with a platoon mending roads. In the war diary the area named is Oorloo to Kastenraij. B225. Would Oorloo be Overloon? Cannot find anything resembling Kastenraij.

    My father said he took a wrong turning and ended up behind enemy lines. He hid in a forest (or woods) overnight and some German tanks passed by. He made his way back the following day. I am presuming that he had been fetching materials for road mending whether from a quarry or general rubble dump.

    This took place on 2nd/ 3rd December 1944 and I am wondering how near the above named places were to the German lines and what forests / woods are in the area.
  2. Owen

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  3. toki2

    toki2 Junior Member

    Thanks Owen but the info I got was from the War Diaries in this forum. I have also read Sappers great accounts but I think he was out of action by 2nd December. I have noticed that the spelling of some places in war diaries does not relate to names on a map!
  4. Owen

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  5. toki2

    toki2 Junior Member

    Will give that a try.
  6. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    Kastenraij should read: Castenray

    Oorloo: Berlo ??
  7. bakker-m

    bakker-m Member

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  8. toki2

    toki2 Junior Member

    Thank you everyone. I would never have found the area without your help. I was just talking to my elder brother (who has a better memory than I but don't tell him I said that !) and he says that my father was on his own in the tipper and it was an orchard that he hid in. Well, I knew it was something to do with trees!

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