British Royal Engineers were refuelling their ‘Congas’ (a modified Bren gun carrier with the engine removed and a storage tank to hold Liquid Nitro Glycerine in its place) - these were used in a system for clearing mines. The LNG would be pumped into a pipe or a hose and detonated to explode any mines either side of it.
At approximately 1300 hrs there was a massive explosion, which was devastating. The entire farm (Fam. Dedobbelaere) and Military equipement was destroyed by the blast. The farm located about 3 miles South of IJzendijke, Netherlands. A high casualty list of 41 British and Canadians killed in action and 51 wounded. Several reported 'missing in action'.
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Personal details have been collected from official Service Records and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. Some of the additional information has been provided by War Diaries, Libera Me (G.E. Spittael), Polder Fighting (R.W. Catsburg), Veterans Affairs Canada, WW2 Talk, Aircrew Remembered and other sources. The commonwealth-adegem.com website is not responsible for incorrect information.
Everything has been collected and processed voluntarily by Michael van de Velde, Netherlands. Along the way I had great support from expert researchers and other volunteers. Thank you!