Contribution by Ronny Bosmann – About H.C. Byrd/Bijdrage van Ronny Bosmann – Over H.C. Byrd

Hallo Pierre mijn vriend Maarten Koudijs heeft een boek geschreven,met daarin weer aandacht voor H.C. Byrd. En een foto van de dodenherdenking 2020.

Groetjes Ronny.

 

Hello Pierre my friend Maarten Koudijs has written a book, with in it again attention for H.C. Byrd. And a photo of the Remembrance Day 2020. Greetings Ronny.

 

 

What really happened to F/O Harold Chauncy Byrd?

The Spitfire of Landfort

On March 19, 1945 between 14.00 and 14.30 a Spitfire comes down at Landfort, north of Megchelen. The Spitfire Mk XVI with serial number SM-208 belonged to 403 squadron RCAF and was that day at 13.30 hours with 11 more aircraft that took off from the base Petit Brogel in Belgium for a “sweep” (sweeping) in the area of Rheine and Osnabrück. The pilot F/O BYRD reports at the base that he has engine problems and flies back to the base. At the height of Dwardefeld, just north of Landfort, he is hit by 2 cm Flak. The Spitfire crashes at Landfort and the 28 year old F/O Harold Chauncey Byrd is killed. He is buried in a field grave by his aircraft and on October 14, 1947 reburied at the RK cemetery in Gendringen.

What really happened to F/O Harold Chauncy Byrd?

Hello Pierre,

We have more and sad information about the dead of F/O Harold Chauncy Byrd.
Recently interview resulted in new info.

Everything was broken in Megchelen

Gert Mecking (1930) lived in 1945 on a farm on the Hogestraat at Landfort. During an interview his neighbour Leo Duenk (1933) joined the conversation. His parent’s house was on the Beuningstraat, to the west of Megchelen.

Gert Mecking : “I was there when that Spitfire came down in the forest on the 19th of March. We were sawing wood with some other men when suddenly that plane came down through the treetops.

When the plane came to the ground, the wings were already off. The pilot was still alive and was taken out of the plane and put against a tree. The Germans were there immediately and were swearing: Schweinhund! They toke off his uniform. We were all severely asked to go away. I heard them ranting and I am sure that they killed him!!! Firstly, that pilot is buried at Landfort.

 

74 years ago… Harold Chauncy Byrd

Flowers laid by Maarten and Ronny.

De Spitfire van Landfort

Op 19 maart 1945 tussen 14.00 en 14.30 komt er een Spitfire neer bij Landfort, ten Noorden van Megchelen. De Spitfire Mk XVI met het serienummer SM-208 behoorde tot 403 squadron RCAF en was die dag om 13.30 uur met nog 11 toestellen opgestegen van de basis Petit Brogel in België voor een “sweep” (veegactie) in de omgeving van Rheine en Osnabrück. De piloot F/O BYRD rapporteert aan de basis dat hij te kampen heeft met motorproblemen en terugvliegt naar de basis. Ter Hoogte van Dwardefeld, even ten noorden van Landfort wordt hij getroffen door 2 cm Flak. De Spitfire crasht bij Landfort en de 28 jarige F/O Harold Chauncey Byrd komt hierbij om het leven. Hij wordt begraven in een veldgraf bij zijn toestel en op 14 oktober 1947 herbegraven op het RK kerkhof te Gendringen.

F/O Harold Chauncey Byrd afkomstig uit Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

©Karl Lusink-ARGA

The Spitfire of Landfort

On March 19, 1945 between 14.00 and 14.30 a Spitfire comes down at Landfort, north of Megchelen. The Spitfire Mk XVI with serial number SM-208 belonged to 403 squadron RCAF and was that day at 13.30 hours with 11 more aircraft that took off from the base Petit Brogel in Belgium for a “sweep” (sweeping) in the area of Rheine and Osnabrück. The pilot F/O BYRD reports at the base that he has engine problems and flies back to the base. At the height of Dwardefeld, just north of Landfort, he is hit by 2 cm Flak. The Spitfire crashes at Landfort and the 28 year old F/O Harold Chauncey Byrd is killed. He is buried in a field grave by his aircraft and on October 14, 1947 reburied at the RK cemetery in Gendringen.

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People in the Nederlands Are Still Remembering Admiral Byrd

Contribution made by Ronny Bosmann
18 November 2017

People will be able to view most of this in the ARGA museum in Hengelo, Gelderland soon.

About Admiral Byrd…

George Boudreau and Harold Chauncy Byrd were friends.

Contribution made by Michael Pothier in 2016

Update

Hello Pierre

The piece of glass on the right side is armored glass from the Spitfire of: flying officer H.C.Byrd.

Greetings from,

Ronny

piece of glass