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1063628   Flight Sergeant John Mccalla Tait
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 19/03/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 78 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (British Air Force)
Died: 26/03/1943 (Killed in Action)
Age: 21
John McCalla Tait was the son of John James and Jane Tait. He was born about 1922. John Tait served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in World War Two. By March 1943, Flight Sergeant John McCalla Tait was serving with 78 Squadron. On the night of 26th March 1943, Flight Sergeant (Pilot) Tait was part of a three man crew of a Handley Page Halifax bomber (Serial Number W7931) when it took off from RAF Linton-on-Ouse on a night raid, bound for Duisburg just north of Dusseldorf. The aircraft was hit by flak on outbound leg, and crashed at 22:00 five kilometres south west of crashing 2200 at Doetinchem in Holland. All three crew died.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Doetinchem General Cemetery
  Doetinchem, Gelderland, 3
Grave Ref: Row 1 Grave 10
CWGC Casualty 2647889
Doetinchem General Cemetery is a small town about 30 kilometres east of Arnhem, on the main road to Zutphen. The general cemetery known as Loolaan is north-west of the town, 300 metres north of the road to Arnhem. The graves are in the south- western corner, near the entrance.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Clogher War Memorial - WWII - North West Face - Panel 1b Clogher
References and Links
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1 Dutch Air Crashes Details of crew and loss
2 Photo of Flight Sergeant John McCalla Tait's gravestone
3 First Holywood Presbyterian Church Listed on WW2 Plaque
4 Holywood War Memorial Listed on Holywood War Memorial
5 International Bomber Command Details of crew and loss
6 RAF Commands - W7931 Details of crew and loss
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Flight Sergeant John McCalla Tait's gravestone can be purchased here
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