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Ronald Nevison Clements

Servicenumber : T/189176
Rank : Lance Corporal
Regiment : Royal Army Service Corps
Unit : 800 Air Despatch Company
Date of Death : 21-09-1944
Age : 29
Grave : Grave 3
Ronald Nevison Clements was a son of Herbert Tindale Clements and Annie Clements. He was married to Dorothy Alice Clements, of Wilmslow, Cheshire.
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 2011) Clements was one of the air depatchers on board of Dakota KG-559. The plane left Blakehill Farm airfield on a resupply mission. The plane was damaged by Flak, and Clements was thrown out without his parachute, causing him to fall to his death. There were no other casualties and the pilot was able to land at Brussels, Belgium.
The author of the book "Green On!" (Arie-Jan van Hees) wrote about Dakota KG-559 on page 241: "Wing Commander Coles' aircraft was one of six 233 Squadron aircraft which where badly damaged by flak. The aircraft had holes in both wings and the elevators were damaged. Having resumed the reciprocal course, and flying in the Ravenstein area west of Nijmegen, the column was attacked by the German Focke Wulf 190 fighters which had also been responsible for downing the Dakotas piloted by Flying Officers Hagerman and Cressman.
It was during one of the attacks that Wing Commander Coles took violent evasive action to avoid being hit. One of the air despatchers, Lance Corporal Ronald Clements, wa flung from the aircraft without wearing his parachute and fell to his death.
Picture: 31-10-2015
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Sources: Website CWGC, website www.marketgarden.com,"'Green On!"' and Roll of Honour


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