- Denis Harry Ralph Plear was a son of Harry and
Dorothy G. Plear, of Hillingdon, Middlesex.
- Plear was the co-pilot of Dakota KG-579. It
left Down Ampney airfield on 21 september 1944 on a resupply mission.
The aircraft was shot down by German fighters, and crashed on Volkel
airfield at about 17.30 hrs. Denis Plear and Pilot David Arthur Webb
were killed in the crash. Their bodies were recovered from the wreckage
and given field burials next to the wreckage. They were buried as
unknown soldiers. On 23 september 1944 they were reburied in the Roman
Catholic Churchyard at Zeeland, The Netherlands.
Two men were killed in the air during their parachute descent:
Wireless Operator Gordon Birlison and Lance
Corporal James Pilson. They were buried in a field grave opposite the
Generaal de Bons barracks at Grave. They were later reinterred in the
Uden War Cemetery. Of the survivors navigator Clark evaded. The air
despatchers Driver Everett, Lance Corporal Harribin and Lance Corporal
Moorcroft were wounded, but reached Allied lines as well.
- The author of the book '"Green On!"
(Arie-Jan van Hees) wrote about the crash of KG579 on pages 228 and 229.
He wrote the aircraft was hit by cannon fire after the drop of the
supplies. The crew at first thought
they were hit by flak and evasive action was taken. Then they saw a
Focke-Wulf 190 fly past and they realised they were being attacked by
enemy aircraft. At least 15 FW190's were seen. The starboard engine
caught fire and the aircraft went into a steep dive apparently out of
control. The 4 air despatchers and the wireless operator baled out. On
the way down 6 of the FW190's strafed the parachutists.