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Driver John Thomas Vernon Belfield

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Driver John Thomas Vernon Belfield

Birth
Death 19 Nov 1942
Burial Stavanger, Stavanger kommune, Rogaland fylke, Norway
Plot Z. 5.
Memorial ID 20265004 View Source
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Age 26
Died 19/20 November 1942
Service Number: 2016305
Royal Engineers, 261 (Airborne) Field Park Coy.

Son of Thomas Henry and Eliza Belfield, of Longnor, Staffordshire

'took part in the ill-fated Operation Freshman mission to sabotage the German development of an atomic bomb at the Vermock Heavy Water plant in Norway.
He was flown in Horsa glider HS114 and towed by Halifax W7801 'B' Baker out of Wick, Scotland on the night 19/20 November 1942. On nearing the landing zone and getting low on fuel and as both tug plane and glider started to collect ice, they rapidly lost altitude, separated, both the Halifax and the glider crashed.
The remaining survivors were all captured shortly after and taken to Slettebo camp at Egersund. After thorough interrogation, all were shot by members of the camp guard in accordance with a decree from Hitler ordering the executions of Special Forces prisoners.'


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