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.

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Interior of an Airspeed AS.51 Horsa.

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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.