landmine incident with RAOC personnel

Discussion in 'REME/RAOC' started by antoon, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. antoon

    antoon Junior Member


    My name is Antoon Meijers from the Netherlands and I am looking for some information about a landmine accident.

    On 23 August 1945 on the heath-land at Heeze in the Netherlands Serjeant W. Powell, Lance Corporal E.M. Le Bihan and the Privates A.J. Hunt and A.C. Morton, together with two civilians, where killed when a truck full of landmines detonated. The men are buried at the Mierlo war cemetery in the Netherlands
    LCpl Le Bihan belonged to59 General Transport Company, RASC. Pvt Morton to 37 Port Ammunition Detachment, RAOC. The other 2 men belonged to the RAOC, but the burial registers do not mentioned which unit.

    Who knows till which unit Serjeant William Powell. 7605200 and PvtAlbert J. Hunt, 10590372 belonged?
  2. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    Hello Antoon

    have you contact CWGC Headoffice, maybe they can help out
  3. Stormbird

    Stormbird Restless

  4. sebfrench76

    sebfrench76 Senior Member

    Le Bihan is a french common name,especially in Britanny...quite strange....
  5. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    If it is of any help, here is the war diary for 37 PA Det, held at the National Archives:

    WO 171/6914, ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS > Port Ammunition Detachments > 37 Det. (1945 Jan.- Dec.)

    This might be the correct one for the 59th?
    WO 171/6751, ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS > Transport Columns > 59 Coln. (1945 Jan.- Dec.)

    There might be something in one of these diaries about the incident. Drop me a PM if you want the August sections copied.

  6. wo2collectie

    wo2collectie New Member

    Goeden avond,

    I'm writing in Dutch, becouse I want to talk espessialy to anton.

    Goeden avond Antoon,

    Ik zie dat jij het een en ander aan het uitzoeken bent in Nederland. Ik zit met eenzelfde onderzoek naar een fosforbrand in een munitiedump bij mijn woonplaats. Heb jij misschien nog van het RAOC de oorlogsverslagen?

    Eventueel kun je met me contact opnemen via:

  7. hutchie

    hutchie Dont tell him Pike!!

    had a quick look and theres no record of which unit they belonged to on forces war records (using it just now till its up)
  8. Bluebell Minor

    Bluebell Minor Junior Member

    Have been in touch with Mark privately via another site

    What we are both looking for is details of 54 Independent Ammunition Ordnance Company RAOC who could have been the custodial unit at a fatal accident involving 215 Company Pionier Corps at Tubbergen in Holland in early September 1945 (there is no War Diary for the unit in the WO 171 Series at Kew)
  9. borneo72

    borneo72 Junior Member

    Have you tried the RLC museum at Deepcut ?

  10. wo2collectie

    wo2collectie New Member

    Dear Borneo72,

    I have contact the RLC museum, but they didn't have any information about it. I'm busy to look in the archive of the RLC gazette online, but I didn't found anything.
    Some information about the 6th. Canadian Casulty Clearing Station is welcome too, because we found the name in the investigation too.


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