Alexander Dalgety Adamson
||Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
|Date of Death
- Alexander Dalgety Adamson was a son of William
Gilbert Don Adamson and of Elsie Mackay Adamson (nee Dalgety), of
- According to the Roll of Honour published by
the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 2011) Adamson
was the pilot of Stirling LJ-833. The aircraft was based on Fairford
Airfield. It was shot down by German fighters, and crashed in the
river Maas near Ravenstein at about 13.00 hrs. Three men survived the
crash and made it back to allied lines. Six men died and they were
buried in cemeteries at Batenburg, Ravenstein, Groesbeek and Bergen op
Zoom. The names of the crew members are: Alexander Anderson (Canadian
War Cemetery Groesbeek), George Felix Conry-Candler (Batenburg Roman
Catholic Cemetery), Alexander Dalgety Adamson (Ravenstein Roman Catholic
Cemetery), Arthur George Oliver Bellamy (Ravenstein Roman Catholic Cemetery),
William George Tolley (British War Cemetery Bergen op Zoom), Albert E.
Abbott (Canadian War Cemetery Groesbeek), G.E. Orange (survived), A.J.
Smith (survived) and L.E. Bloomfield (survived).
- The author of the book "Green On!"
(Arie-Jan van Hees) wrote about Stirling LJ-833. On page 210 he quotes
Flight Sergeant Orange: "On Thursday we were told that after
turning for Holland at I believe, a place called 's-Hertogenbosch, we
would meet 150 American fighters on our starboard side that would
'shoot up' the very large number of flak batteries that we would
encounter. These support fighters did not turn up, and a very large
number of German fighters, Focke Wulf 190 and Messerschmitt 109, came
from the same direction. The last words of our rear gunner were
"There is our escort...Christ they're Jerries..."
- At this point, 1455 hours, we were
heavily attacked and I could see that we were being attacked by 3
Focke Wulf 190 (they were in fact ME-109's AJvH). Aftr the first
attack we had lost the starboard inner engine completely. We were
flying at 500 feet and were therefor unable to bale out and as the
wing was on fire the pilot made a forced landing in the river Maas.
- The engineer and I and one of the air
despatchers got clear of the machine and in a dinghy. The dispatcher
was badly injured; I remember tying my tie around the head of this
very badly injured British Army soldier. All our equipment was left in
the aircraft which sank immediately. We swam ashore and were met by
Dutch civilians. The despatcher was left in the care of the local
doctor, and we were assured that he would be all right. We were given
a boat and we rowed across the river. Shortly afterwards we made
contact with forward patrols of the 2nd Army. We traveled by jeep to
the main body of the 2nd Army and were sent to Brussels on 22nd
September and flown to Croydon during the night of 22-23 September."
"He is not dead
But only gone ahead
And waits, with Him,
To welcome us"
CWGC, 'The Royal Air Force at Arnhem', '"Green On!"', website www.marketgarden.com
and Roll of Honour