Dennis A. Matthews, Sgt.
Personal information
Age 25
Nationality British
Date / place of birth Unknown
Military information
Army Number 572663
Rank Sgt.
Function Flight Engineer
Platoon / Troop / Flight Unknown
Company / Squadron 196 Squadron RAF Station Keevil
Unit / Group 38 Group
Division / Transport / Command Transport Command
Regiment Royal Air Force
Death information
Died when 19-9-1944
Died where Arnhem
Spot Amsterdamseweg Area near Warnsborn
Map reference Unknown
Burial location
Oosterbeek, War Cemetery, Netherlands
Grave number 4-C-5
Graves overview
Miscellaneous information
Personal notes

At approx 15.39 hours (NL-time), a 196 Squadron Stirling (EF248, ZO-'V'), was hit by flak while dropping suppies near Supply Dropping Point 'V;, west of Arnhem. The pilot, Warrant Officer Keith Prowd ordered the crew to bale out. The whole crew exited the aircraft before this crashed north of Arnhem. Of the 10-men crew (6 flying crew, 2 air despatchers and 2 \"extra's\") 7 were killed. Sergeant Dennis 'Lofty' Matthews parachute had caught fire while still in the aircraft. He decided to jump from the Stirling attached to a wicker pannier and parachuted himself 'down the hatch'. Several witnesses saw the parachute open \"with a man on top of the pannier\". The Germans opened fire on him and later Matthews' body was found, dead and still attached to the pannier....

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Dennis A. Matthews, Sgt.
Personal information
Age 25
Nationality British
Date / place of birth Unknown
Military information
Army Number 572663
Rank Sgt.
Function Flight Engineer
Platoon / Troop / Flight Unknown
Company / Squadron 196 Squadron RAF Station Keevil
Unit / Group 38 Group
Division / Transport / Command Transport Command
Regiment Royal Air Force
Death information
Died when 19-9-1944
Died where Arnhem
Spot Amsterdamseweg Area near Warnsborn
Map reference Unknown
Burial location
Oosterbeek, War Cemetery, Netherlands
Grave number 4-C-5
Graves overview
Miscellaneous information
Personal notes

At approx 15.39 hours (NL-time), a 196 Squadron Stirling (EF248, ZO-'V'), was hit by flak while dropping suppies near Supply Dropping Point 'V;, west of Arnhem. The pilot, Warrant Officer Keith Prowd ordered the crew to bale out. The whole crew exited the aircraft before this crashed north of Arnhem. Of the 10-men crew (6 flying crew, 2 air despatchers and 2 \"extra's\") 7 were killed. Sergeant Dennis 'Lofty' Matthews parachute had caught fire while still in the aircraft. He decided to jump from the Stirling attached to a wicker pannier and parachuted himself 'down the hatch'. Several witnesses saw the parachute open \"with a man on top of the pannier\". The Germans opened fire on him and later Matthews' body was found, dead and still attached to the pannier....

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