WATSON, GEORGE SAMUEL

Age
23
Parents
Son of George and Hannah Watson of Warrenpoint, Co Down, Northern Ireland
Service number
1023590
Date of death
1942-05-31
Died
Netherlands, Killed in Action
Force
Rank
Awards
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Cemetery reference
Plot 3 | Row AB | Grave 9

"HERE LIES AN ULSTER FLIER 'SOMEONE REMEMBERS, SOMEONE CARES'"

Military grave
Additional info

Body washed ashore in the area of Zeebrugge, Belgium.

Vickers Wellington Mk IV Z1209 claimed to be shot down by Oberleutnant Heinrich Alexander Ludwig Peter Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein III./NJG 2. The Wellington bomber crashed into the North Sea. German costal defence in Vlissingen, Netherlands reported a burning wreckage on the water at 1:16 hrs. This time matched with the claim of Wittgenstein. The entire crew was killed in action.
Luftwaffe Ace Wittgenstein was killed in action on January 21, 1944. After shooting down 4 Commonwealth bombers his Junker 88 Nachtjager's fuel tank exploded from a fire inside the left engine. Wittgenstein is buried at the German Military War Cemetery in Ysselsteyn, Netherlands.

Crew:
Pilot: Pilot Officer (J/7473) George Henry Chaffey, RCAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 100, United Kingdom. 

Observer: Flight Sergeant (R/80105) James William Smyth, RCAF - Adegem Canadian War Cemtery, Belgium

Bomb Aimer: Sergeant (1023590) George Samuel Watson - Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Belgium.
 
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: Pilot Officer (J/15435) Joseph Morgan McAleavey RCAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 100, United Kingdom.
 
Air Gunner: Sergeant (1341681) Ian Currie MacKeand - Runnymede Memorial Panel 88, United Kingdom.

Wittgenstein
Oberleutnant Heinrich Sayn-Wittgenstein III./NJG 2

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