Type: Airspeed AS.51 Horsa

Part: Army Air Corps

Crash date: 18th September 1944 

Crash location: Pijenkampseveldweg, Dodewaard 

Commander: S/Sgt. J.W.R. Harris

Occupants: 8

​This Airspeed AS.51 Horsa chalk 5003 glider was being towed by a Short Stirling LJ633 and took off from Harwell’s RAF airport with pilots S/Sgt John W.R. Harris and Sgt. Jesse Bosley. Also on board were six soldiers from the RAF 6341 Light Warning Unit: Fl/Lt Alexander John Tisshaw, LAC John McKenzie Anderson, LAC James Chassels Brooks, LAC Edwin Herbert Lascelles, AC 2 Harold Highton and AC John R. Swann. The glider crashed 1 km south of Opheusden’s train station, along the road to Dodewaard. 

No one survived the crash and all occupants were buried by the locals the next day.

​​You can find more information about this crash here and here.

Interior of an Airspeed AS.51 Horsa.

British death report with the names of the eight crew members of the Airspeed AS.51 Horsa.

The Airspeed AS.51 Horsa crash site, 500 m north of the Pijenkampseveldweg-Bonegraafseweg junction. Coordinates: 5550-7090.

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