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Peter Brian Newsom Davis

Servicenumber : 70499
Rank : Wing Commander
Regiment : Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit : 299 Squadron
Date of Death : 19-09-1944
Age : 28
Grave : Plot 4. Row C. Grave 17.
Peter Brian Newsom Davis was a son of Harold Newsom Davis and Aileen Newsom Davis, of Harpenden, Hertfordshire. His brother, Henry Lawrence Newsom Davis, also served with the Royal Air Force (Coastal Command). He was killed on 8 august 1940 and has no known grave. He is remembered on panel 7 of the Runnymede Memorial.
Peter Davis was the pilot of Stirling EF-319. The plane left Keevil Airfield on 19 september 1944 on a resupply mission near Arnhem. After dropping (part of) the supplies the plane was hit by flak and crashed opposite cafe 'Rust Wat' at the Kemperbergerweg in Schaarsbergen. Five of the crewmembers survived the crash. One of them managed to bail out (R.W. Lovegrove), but his parachute didn't open in time and he fell through the roof of the cafe.
Davis was given a field burial at the crash site and was later reburied at the Airborne Cemetery in Oosterbeek.
Today the cafe is a restaurant. It is called 't Pannekoekhuis Schaarsbergen
Picture: 18-10-2015
Greater love
Hath no man than this,
That a man lay down
His life for his friends
 
Sources: Website CWGC, 'The Royal Air Force at Arnhem', '"Green On!"' and Roll of Honour

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