Ian Milne Hossack (1921 - 1940)

Ian Milne Hossack
1921 - 1940
updated February 06, 2019
Ian Milne Hossack was born around 1921. He died on July 11, 1940 at 19 years old.

On July11 - 1940, the English 144 Squadron was ordered to bomb targets in Mönchengladbach. The squadron was equipped with the twin-engine Handley Page Hampden bombers. Their aircraft departed from Helmswell Air Base in Lincolnshire. One of the aircraft was the Hampden 1 with registration no. P4366 with P / O Ian M. Hossack as a pilot. After a safe crossing over the North Sea and the Netherlands, they flew on their way to their target at about [external link] at night over Venlo, unaware of the German night fighter who was on their heels. Suddenly shots rattled through the night. Light trail flashed in the dark. Bullets ripped up the narrow hull of the Hampden. A fire could not be extinguished and Hossack was no longer able to steer the aircraft properly due to the fire. After a steep dive, the lives of all passengers ended on the Steegbergheide in the neighborhood of Evertsoord Sevenumat 1.50 am on 12 July. Because the aircraft ended up in a large heather field, the damage to the environment was small. A day later, German soldiers, by order of the burial officer of the Luftwaffe from Eindhoven, gathered the dead bodies and brought them to Ehrenfriedhof Venlo, where they were buried the same day. In April 1947 the bodies were transferred to Jonkerbos War Cemetery in Nijmegen. Staff of the Lufwaffebase Eindhoven, which in the meantime was also used by the Germans, took over the surveillance. The team did find any unexploded bombs between the wreckage. These were made harmless a day later.
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Crew:
Pilot Ofiicer Ian Milne Hossack, from Otford (Kent) UK [external link]. 33568
Son of James Davidson Hossack and Eileen Inez Hossack. Age 19
(Jonkerbos Nijmegen 12 G 5)

Sgt Air Observer Eric Basil Hartley France, from Isle of Sheppey (Kent) UK [external link]. 580739
Age 24
(Jonkerbos Nijmegen 12 G 6)

Sgt Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Edward Dennis Leamy, from Canterbury (Kent) UK [external link]. 569067 Son of Michael Edward Leamy of Bradford Yorkshire and Annie Louise Croucher of Frittenden Kent, Age 20
(Jonkerbos Nijmegen 12 G 7)

Sgt Wireless Operetaor/Air Gunner Clarence Rose, from Swallownest (South Yorkshire) UK [external link]. 631369 Age 20
(Jonkerbos Nijmegen 12 G 8
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Jonkerbos War Cemetery 12. G. 5., in Netherlands

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Regiment: Royal Air Force
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Ian Milne Hossack died on July 11, 1940 at 19 years of age. He was buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery 12. G. 5., Netherlands. He was born around 1921. We have no information about Ian's surviving family.
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In 1921, in the year that Ian Milne Hossack was born, on November 11th, the first burial was held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The body of an unknown soldier - selected by Army Sgt. Edward F. Younger who was highly decorated for valor and received the Distinguished Service Cross in "The Great War" - was brought back from France (World War 1) and placed in the newly completed tomb. President Warren G. Harding officiated at the interment ceremonies.

In 1930, he was only 9 years old when on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1934, he was only 13 years old when on July 22nd, gangster John Dillinger was killed in Chicago. His gang had robbed banks and police stations, among other charges, and he was being hunted by J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI - although many in the public saw him as a "Robin Hood". A madam from a brothel in which he was hiding became an informer for the FBI and, after a shootout with FBI agents, Dillinger was shot and died.

In 1940, in the year of Ian Milne Hossack's passing, on September 16th, the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, was enacted - the first peacetime draft in U.S. history. Men between 21 and 36 were required to register with their draft boards. When World War II began, men between 18 and 45 were subject to service and men up to 65 were required to register.

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