During a visit in July 2022 to The Netherlands our Archivist, Clare Wilson, paid a visit to Bergen-
You can read more about Clare's visit and these Cemeteries via this link https://www.alliedairforceresearch.com/post/bergen-
In actual fact there are two cemeteries at this location, one dedicated to Canadian forces and the other mostly British
British Cemetery Canadian Cemetery
Pilot Officer Charles Rae Barr & Sergeant John William Brown who died 17/6/1942
On the evening of the 16-
Charles Barr was the pilot of R9530 ‘J’ a Vickers Wellington that took off at 2302hrs & John William Brown was his Flight Engineer
On board with them were:-
There seems to be a bit of controversy about who shot down this crew with Hauptmann Bensch of NGJ2 being mentioned in one publication which resulted in the aircraft crashing at 0025hrs in the sea 60km west of Walcheren, Zeeland, Holland. However, a more updated publication claims that Obersleutnant Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-
Sgt Conter RCAF, Sgt Rocks, Sgt Perriam & Sgt Smith RCAF have no known grave & are named on Runnymede Memorial
Pilot Officer Barr lies in the Canadian Cemetery at Bergen-
Sgt Brown was initially buried in Den Helder Cemetery before being moved to Bergen-
Flight Sergeant George Frederick Fargher who died 10/9/1942
On the evening of the 10-
George Fargher RCAF was the Air Gunner of W7752 ‘R’ a Handley Page Halifax that took off at 2011hrs
On board with George were P/O BGH Smith, P/O PAV England, Sgt K Marshall, Sgt R Moore, F/S SH Jackson, Sgt DRW Schofield & P/O JB McCormack.
They are detailed as having crashed in the North Sea. By the end of October 6 bodies were recovered from the water and were buried in various Dutch cemeteries.
Sgt Schofield & P/O McCormack have no known graves & are named on the Runnymede Memorial.
George Fargher was originally buried in Middelburg, Zeeland & his body was later reinterred in Bergen-
Pilot Officer Garfield Davies who died 13/5/1943
On the evening of the 12-
Garfield Davies was the Air Gunner of JB799 ‘E’ a Handley Page Halifax that took off at 2351hrs
On board with Garfield were F/S MQ Moffatt, F/O JD Erzinger, Sgt CH Hurle, Sgt WJ Holman, Sgt GC Gowan & Sgt DF Moon.
Their aircraft is detailed as having crashed in the North Sea.
F/O Erzinger, Sgt Moon & Sgt Holman have no known graves & are named on Runnymede Memorial
P/O Moffatt, Sgt Gowen & Sgt Hurle are buried in various Cemeteries in Holland & Germany.
P/O Davies was originally buried in Den Helder Cemetery, he was reinterred in Bergen-
Sergeant David Albert Harris Gough & Sergeant Thomas Eric Judd who both died 26/6/1943
On the evening of the 25-
David Gough was the Air Gunner & Thomas Judd was the Air Bomber of JB843 ‘F’ a Handley Page Halifax that took off at 2334hrs
On board with them were Sgt K Gore, Sgt JH Wright, Sgt FH Mitchell, Sgt NB Foskett & Sgt JM Sugden.
The crew are detailed as being shot down by a night fighter, crashing at Breezand (Noord Holland), 8 km SSE of Den Helder at 0240hrs. Hauptmann Hans-
All the other crew members lie in Bergen General Cemetery near Alkmaar.
David Gough & Thomas Judd were both originally buried at Petten General Cemetery before being reinterred in Bergen-
Sergeant David Wilfred Jennings who died 17/6/1944
On the evening of the 16-
David Jennings was the Air Gunner of MZ292 ‘C’ a Handley Page Halifax that took off at 2252hrs
On board with him were F/S JG Kelso, Sgt JC Gibson, Sgt TE Hill, Sgt R Bartram, Sgt N Howarth & Sgt A Smith.
The crew are detailed as having crashed into the sea off the Dutch Frisian Islands.
Sgt Gibson, Sgt Hill, Sgt Howarth & Sgt Smith have no known grave & are named on Runnymede Memorial.
F/S Kelso lies in Vlieland General Cemetery & Sgt Bartram at Westerchelling General Cemetery.
Sgt David Jennings was originally buried at Petten General Cemetery & was reinterred at Bergen-