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EDWARD HARRY FREDERICK ATKINSON

SERVICE NO. 424961

Royal Air Force: Flight Sergeant

Royal New Zealand Air Force

620 Squadron, Royal Air Force

DIED: 06 June 1944

AGE: 22

NATIONALITY: New Zealander

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

He was a crew member in Stirling Mk.IV EF295, 620 Squadron, Royal Air Force (RAF).

They took off at 23:45 on the night of 5 June 1944 from RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire to transport parachutists of 591 Parachute Squadron, 6th Airborne Division to a drop zone east of the River Orne for Operation Tonga (the landings by 6th Airborne Division on D-Day).

But the aircraft was hit by German anti-aircraft fire and crashed eight miles east of the drop zone near Château de Grangues, Grangues, Calvados before it could drop the parachutists. He was killed in the crash.

MEMORIAL LOCATION: Column 13

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