The Brabant village Oisterwijk and Operation Market-Garden

Military cemetery in Woensel, Eindhoven

The crew that that perished in the crash of Halifax-II JD207 were buried on the military part of the General Cemetery in Woensel in Eindhoven. After some time the Canadian crew member C E. Hightower was relocated to the Groesbeek Canadian military cemetery. Of all the soldiers that are buried on the Eindhoven cemetery about four fifth belonged to the air forces and were killed in the period between 1941 and 1944 during attacks over this part of Holland or on the return route from missions to Germany. The soldiers of the ground army that are buried at Woensel lost their lives between September 1944 and May 1945. During almost this entire period the 79th and 86th British general hospitals were located in Eindhoven. There are nearly 700, 1938-1945 war victims buried on this cemetery, of which 679 victims have been identified. The graves of the crew members of the Halifax-II JD207 are located in Plot EE.

 

 

Sergeant, WILLIAM COLLINS

Age 21, Air Gunner
1600763, 10 Sqdn, Royal Air Force

Plot EE, grave 76

 

Pilot Officer, DOUGLAS BALDWIN ACKERLEY

Age 22, Air Bomber
148756, 10 Sqdn, Royal Air Force

Plot EE, grave 77

 

Pilot Officer, WILTON JONES

Age 34, Navigator
148459, 10 Sqdn, Royal Air Force

Plot EE, grave 94

 

Flying Officer, GEORGE DOWNEY

Age 36, Air Gunner
125931, 10 Sqdn, Royal Air Force

Plot EE, grave 92

Canadian military cemetery, Groesbeek

Most of the soldiers on the Groesbeek Canadian cemetery are Canadian of whom many were killed in February and March of 1945 during the battle of the Rhineland when the Canadian 2nd and 3rd Infantry Divisions and the Canadian 4th Armoured Division took part in the battles South of Nijmegen to clear the area of Germans between the Meuse and Rhine river. There are nine soldiers within the cemetery that have another nationality, and most of these men were killed before or after this period in the southern part of Holland and in the Rhineland. On the cemetery are 2610 Canadian service men buried and within the cemetery grounds is also the ‘Groesbeek Memorial’. On this memorial the names of more than 1000 service are commemorated who's grave is still unknown. These men were killed during the campaign in North-Western Europe in the period between the crossing of the Seine at the end of August 1944 until the end of the war in Europe.

 

Pilot Officer, CECIL EARL HIGHTOWER

Age, 32, Flight Engineer

DFC-Distinguished Flying Cross

J/18022, 10 (R.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force, Plot XVI. B, grave 14

Militaire Begraafplaats in Woensel, Eindhoven