Driver Frederick G W Yeo

21 Sep 1944

Frederick George William Yeo was the son of Ernest Wilson and Caroline Yeo, of Horfield, Bristol. He enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps, and volunteered for airborne forces.

Driver Yeo successfully completed Air Despatcher training and was posted to 799 Air Despatch Company, Royal Army Service Corps, and took part in Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).

Dvr Yeo was killed in action on 21 September 1944, aged 19, when RAF 437 Squadron Dakota KG-387, base Blakehill Farm, was shot down by German fighters and crashed near the ‘Sonniushoeve’ farm at Son, near Eindhoven, on the 101st US Airborne Division Landing Zone. Only three men survived and the Americans buried five casualties in the temporary US Military Cemetery at Son. At the time only Dvrs Woodward and Yeo could be identified. All the casualties were re-interred in the British War Cemetery at Bergen op Zoom on 19 November 1946. Cpl Hall was identified in 1948 and the remaining RAF crew were identified in 1996. (Roll of Honour, 5th Revised Edition, 2011).

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By Rod Gibson

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