the Commonwealth Wargraves Commission Website
In Memory of
620 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died on Monday, 26th July 1943. Age 23.
Additional Information: Son of
Harry and Helen
Hadfield; husband of Winifred Ilona Hadfield, of Cleveleys,
More Wargrave Information
620 Squadron lost three aircraft on this night. Howard was
EE906, QS-C which was shot down while on ops to Essen
by Major Werner Streib of I/NJG1 based at Venlo.
The plane crashed at 00.28 hours on farmland owned by the
Bekx family, at Lieshout
in the Noord-Brabant province.
The Mark I Stirling
flew from Chedburgh,
Suffolk, 620 Squadron's base until 23 November 1943.
It was formed on 17 June 1943 as a heavy bomber squadron
and began operations almost immediately. Their motto was
"Dona ferentes adsumus" (We are bringing gifts)
and their badge (left — click for larger image) had
a flash of lightning in front of a demi-pegasus
Major Streib (right — click
for larger image) was known as the father of the German
night fighters. He was born on June 13th, 1911 in the Black
Forest town of Pforzheim,
near Stuttgart. After the war, he married in 1947, and over
time built a very successful career in the food business.
He died on June 15th, 1986 and is buried in Munich.
He was awarded the Knights Cross with
Oak Leaves and Swords on 11 March 1944 and by 1943 had more
'kills' than any of the allied pilots managed throughout
the war. His aircraft was the 'Owl', the Heinkel
There is much information about Streib's
military career on the web. The two sites I recommend are
Experten and Lorenz Baermann's Pauke,
Pauke! (Pulse, pulse!) pages. I have also added these
pages as PDFs just in case they disappear at some point
in the future. Click for Luftwaffe
Experten and Pauke,
Of the seven crew of the Stirling, five
died that night — Sgt J R G McDonald, RCAF, Sgt G
Jones, Sgt J B Lamont, Sgt H Hadfield
and Sgt J McLauchlan — the first mentioned was Joseph
Roderick Gerald McDonald from Kindersley, Saskatchewan and
Falls in Northern Saskatchewan are named in his memory.
Sgts C H Mutton and J Daly bailed out and became prisoners
of war, the former at Stalag
Muhlberg (PoW 83655) and the latter at Stalag
Moosburg (PoW 83667). Both details from RAF
My thanks to contributors to the RAF
Commands website who provided me with much of the above
information extremely promptly.
(WOENSEL) GENERAL CEMETERY, Netherlands
Grave Reference/Panel Number: Plot EE. Coll. grave 78-82.
is located 31 kilometres south-east of s'Hertogenbosch and
14 kilometres south-west of Helmond. The Cemetery is in
the suburb of Woensel
in the northern part of the town. Approaching from Helmond
on the A270, follow signs for Eindhoven. At the third set
of traffic lights after Helmond turn right onto the road
connecting Eindhoven to Valkenswaard. Approximately 1.5
kilometres along this road signposts will be seen indicating
the route to Woensel
Information: Almost four-fifths
of the men buried here belonged to the air forces, and lost
their lives in raids over this part of Holland or in returning
from Germany, between 1941 and 1944. Men of the land forces
who are buried here died between September 1944 and May
1945. The 79th and 86th British General Hospitals were located
at Eindhoven during almost all that period. There are now
nearly 700, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this