Cemetery Den Ham (Overijssel)

Den Ham is a large village 16 kilometres north-west of Almelo,
on the road to Meppel and the north.
The cemetery is about 800 metres south-east of the village, on the north side of the road to Almelo.
The graves are in the south-western part of the cemetery.

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No Name Rank Service# Regiment Date of Death Age Grave
1 BLOW, KENNETH LESLIE OWEN Warrant Officer ( Nav. ) 751684 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 10/12/1943 22 Grave 763
2 KNIGHT, LESLIE GORDON Flight Lieutenant 401449 Royal Australian Air Force 16/09/1943 22 Grave 765
3 MAIR, THOMAS Flight Sergeant ( Pilot ) 656406 Royal Air Force 10/12/1943 24 Grave 764

No of identified casualties: 3


Flight Lieutenant
Royal Australian Air Force
who died on
Thursday, 16th September 1943. Age 22.

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Cemetery: Den Ham General Cemetery, Overijssel, Netherlands

Grave Reference/Panel Number: Grave 765

Leslie Knight member of the famous 617 squadron (Dambusters)

Awarded DSO 18th May 1943. Killed in action Thursday 16th September 1943

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The Dams raid on 16th & 17th May 1943

Crew of the Lancaster ED-912 "AJ-N" for Nan

Pilot : Pilot Officer L.G Knight --- Awarded DSO

Navigator : Flying Officer H.S Hobday --- Awarded DFC

Flight Engineer : Sergeant R.E Graystone

Bomb Aimer : Flying Officer E.C Johnson --- Awarded DFC

Wireless Operator : Flight Sergeant R.G.T Kellow

Front Gunner : Sergeant F.E Sutherland

Rear Gunner : Sergeant H.E O'Brien

Aircraft departed at 21:59 (9.59pm) and returned at 04:20 (4.20am)

This was the last Upkeep (The name of the rotating bomb) of wave 1.The crew were spot on with the marking.
The bomb was released and hit the target, due to the Ederdam already weakened by the fist two explosions,
the wall gave way leading to breach dam number two.

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The damage can still be seen on the Ederdam see right picture.

This was the largest masonry dam in Germany,
It reached 138 feet into the air and was 119 feet thick at the base,
tapering to 20 feet at the top and a length of 1310 feet.
The Eder is some 25 miles east of the Mohne dam.
The Reservoir was much larger than the Mohne,
it could hold up to 7100 million cubic meters of water

Short history on the plane Lancaster AJ-N:

Delivered 3rd May1943. Pilot Les Knight,
transferred to No 46 MU (maintenance) 15th February, Dismantled 26th September 1946.

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