Pilot Officer Kenneth Haldane Dalton, missing in action since 13 January 1943


Pilot Kenneth Haldane Dalton, J/16147 took off on 13 January 1943, B Flight, Manston Airfield at 18.25hrs when he was shot down/crashed with his Hurricane IIC, BN185, 3 Squadron RAF off the Dutch coast on a mission to Airfields Deelen and Soesterberg.


Nothing was heard off him, but on 2th of May 1943 a body washed up on the Dutch coast, ar Den Osse a village in the municipality of Schouwen-Duiveland, Zeeland (today the location of Landal Park Port Greve).


The body was first identified as Dalton RAF 260142 (laundry number?) as none of the 7 Airman with the last name Dalton has a army number like this. 


The following day he was buried at Haamstede German War Cemetery grave 34. At the end of the War a total of 224  soldiers where buried there.


34 American soldiers

71 British soldiers

5 Canadian soldiers

2 French soldiers

109 German soldiers

3 Armenia soldiers


He is listed in October 1946 as being transferred to grave 4.D.1 Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery,


Checking the 7 missing airman on the CWGC site, one of them was killed on 22 June 1943, another on 4th July 1943 and another on 3 August 1943.

2 of them were killed in 1940, and another in 1941, which are very unlikely to have washed up after so many years.


So it seems that only Pilot Officer Kenneth H.Dalton is the one left.


A total of 34 men with the last name DALTON where killed (including the 7 missing, but only one other is buried in the Netherlands on the island of Texel and he was killed on 13 June 1943.


119 other Dalton were killed during the war, serving with the Army of Navy, Only 3 of them are buried in the Netherlands, 1 Royal Navy at Texel killed on 9 July 1942, 1 Border Regiment at Oosterbeek, killed on 27 September 1944, and 4th Coldstream Guards at Overloon, killed at 14th October 1944. 


So it seems that the only Dalton who could have been washed up at Den Osse in Zeeland is Pilot Officer Kenneth Haldane Dalton from Prince Edward Island.


Again the question why was he not identified after the war?.


There must have been some form of identification as they got a rank, last name and number which one should think would help out, if it was a laundry number that it is well possible that the information was no longer available after exhumation in 1946. But there were noted on a document so one should think they had checked any missing Pilot Officer Dalton.


The most likely explanation to me seems that they don't had any dental records or exhumation report available to check with that of Pilot Officer K.H. Dalton.


As mentioned many times before, this would be a typical DNA case to check, if it is indeed him.


Again the reader can make his on conclusion but it seems to me that the unknown buried at Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery grave 4.D.1 is that of Pilot Officer Kenneth Haldane Dalton of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

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