Aircraftman 1st Class John R Swann

John Richard Swann was the son of George and Charlotte Swann and the husband of Grace Swann, of Sidcup, Kent. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Aircraftman 1st Class Swann was a member of 6341 Light Warning Unit, Radar Detachment, Royal Air Force, he was given some glider training and took part in Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).

AC 1 Swann and five other members of 6341 Light Warning Unit were on a Horsa glider, Chalk number 5003, with their equipment, when they were hit by Flak and crashed south of Opheusden alongside the road to Dodewaard. There were no survivors. In addition to the two pilots, the other occupants who died were Fl Lt John Tisshaw; LACs John Anderson, James Brook, Edwin Lascelles; ACs Harold Highton and John Swann, all of the RAF. All eight men were given a field burial near the crash site. John Swann died on 18 September 1944, aged 37, and was re-interred to Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery on 21 September 1945.

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By Rod Gibson

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Service History

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    Radar Operator RAF

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