Jack Dawson Green: Memorial to Spitfire pilot shot down over Holland

Living History

Almost 70 years ago, a four-year-old Dutch boy watched as a Spitfire spiralled out of the sky and crashed near his home in the Netherlands.

The pilot of the plane, shot down by German soldiers during World War II, died in the crash near the village of Blaakschedijk, south of Rotterdam. Warrant Officer Jack Dawson Green, 21 and from Australia, had flown from the RAF airfield at Ludham in Norfolk, which in 1945 was home to 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron.

The boy, Anton de Man, now 77, was always determined to remember the pilot and other Allied airmen killed in action in that area of Holland.


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