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John Sim McPhee    

Servicenumber : 1499160
Rank : Warrant Officer 
Regiment : Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit : 107 Squadron
Date of Death : 17-09-1944
Age : 22
Grave :
John Sim McPhee was a son of John Sim McPhee and Florence Margaret McPhee, of Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham. He was the navigator of Mosquito LR-366. The aircraft left Great Massingham airfield on a mission at Arnhem. It had to attack German postion at Arnhem, like barracks. The aircraft was shot down by flak, and crashed near the ferry over the river IJssel in Rheden at about 13.25 hrs. Both McPhee and pilot Woodhouse were killed. Woodhouse is buried in Rheden. 
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 2011) McPhee's body was found at the border of Dieren and Steenderen on 27 september 1944.
According to information on the website www.stichting-mia.nl the Mosquito was flying at decreasing altitude above Rheden. The engine was not working properly and the aircraft was on fire. It nearly hit the tower of the church, touched the roof of a house and then crashed into the IJssel. 
Picture: 27-08-216
Eternal rest
Give unto him, O Lord;
And let perpetual light
Shine upon him. R.I.P.
 
Sources: Website CWGC, website www.stichting-mia.nl and Roll of Honour

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