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Emmet Solomon Kaechele

In memory of:

Flying Officer Emmet Solomon Kaechele

March 5, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

J/92691

Age:

27

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

420 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Solomon and Emma Kaechele; husband of Lulu Grace Kaechele, of Red Deer, Alberta.

Commemorated on Page 529 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

HARROGATE (STONEFALL) CEMETERY
Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Sec. H. Row H. Grave 14.

Location:

The town cemetery is on the south east side of Harrogate, Yorkshire. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's plot is in the southern part of the cemetery. To reach the cemetery from Harrogate, go along the Harrogate/Wetherby road (A661) to the junction with the A59. The cemetery is signposted at this junction. This cemetery contains war graves of both world wars. The large majority of the war burials occurred during the 1939-45 War. Nearly all are airmen, two-thirds of them belonging to the Canadian forces. Many of these men died in the Military Wing of Harrogate General Hospital. Of the many airfields established in Yorkshire during the War, a number were situated in the vicinity of Harrogate. Such were the R.A.F. station at Harrogate itself, and those at Linton-on-Ouse, Tockwith, Rufforth and Marston Moor. Nearly all the Canadians buried here belonged to No. 6 (R.C.A.F.) Bomber Group, whose headquarters were at Allerton Park. All the stations controlled by this Group were in the area north of Harrogate in the Vale of York, the largest base having its headquarters at Linton-on-Ouse. During the early months of the war a piece of land was set aside by the local authorities for service war burials near the north-west corner of the cemetery. This group of war graves is in Sections 20E and 21E within the northern boundary. In July 1943 the Air Forces Section was opened at the north-eastern corner of the cemetery, where men from airfields in Yorkshire and the north-eastern counties were brought, most of whom died in the great bomber offensive on targets in Germany.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Group Photo– This crew was killed when their Halifax III NA-190 coded PT-U iced up and crashed shortly after take-off near
Tadcaster, Yorkshire on March 5, 1945 while on operations to Chemnitz. Sgt MacGregor was absent on this trip, 
and was subbed by Sgt J. H. Waugh RCAF DFM, who was the only crew member able to bail out safely before the crash.
http://www.6bombergroup.ca/420Crews/pages/420SollieRFCrew.html
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Emmet Solomon Kaechele is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Emmet Solomon Kaechele is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of EMMET SOLOMON KAECHELE– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of EMMET SOLOMON KAECHELE– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Id Card– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Gravemarker
  • Photo of Emmet Kaechele– Emmet Kaechele, from Red Deer, Alberta, was a crew member of the Halifax PT-U that crashed near Church Fenton, Yorkshire, on 5 March 1945.
  • Newspaper Clipping– The Red Deer Advocate 28 Mar 45
  • Newspaper Clipping– The Red Deer Advocate 28 Mar 45
NA190 was one of four 420 Sqdn Halifaxes lost on this operation with RCAF Bomber Command losing 15 aircraft on the operation to Chemnitz.  The crew were airborne 1629 5 Mar 45 from Tholthorpe but iced up and crashed 1720 into Hayton Woods near Hazelwood Castle, 3 miles SW of Tadcaster, Yorkshire.  F/S J. H. Waugh DFM baled out safely. 
His comrades were buried in the Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery.  They were:  P/O (P) R. F. Sollie age 27, from Bentley, AB; F/S (N) W. Gaba age 21, from Toronto; P/O (BA) E.S.Kaechele; F/O (WAG) R. G. Smith, age 21, from Moose Jaw, Sask.; Sgt (AG) R. O. Battler,, age 20, from Kitchener, ON; Sgt (FE) R. L. Dinnen, age 21, from Co. Cavan, RAF.
[Sources:  //lostbombers.co.uk; They Shall Grow Not Old published by Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, Brandon, MB.]

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