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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 28/06/1918 Ballincor, Ireland. d. 12/05/1940 Lanaken, Belgium.

 

He was 21 years old, and a Flying Officer in No. 12 Squadron, Royal Air Force during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

 

VC ACTION

 

On 12 May 1940, over the Albert Canal, Belgium, two bridges, Veldwezelt and Vroenhoven, were being used by the invading army, with protection from fighter aircraft, anti-aircraft and machine-guns. The RAF was ordered to demolish one of these vital bridges, and five Fairey Battle bombers were despatched with Flying Officer Garland leading the attack. They met an inferno of anti-aircraft fire, and the bridge was hit but not put out of commission. Garland and his navigator, Sergeant Thomas Gray, attacked the bridge at Veldwezelt. They died either crashing in the village of Lanaken, or in the hospital in Maastricht, Netherlands. Only one bomber managed to return to base.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: ROYAL AIR FORCE MUSEUM, HENDON, LONDON.

BURIAL PLACE: HEVERLEE WAR CEMETERY, LEUVEN, BELGIUM.

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Donald Edward Garland VC

Heverlee War Cemetery

Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier

PLOT VI, ROW F, GRAVE 14-16

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Picture - Thomas Stewart

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Frank Ernest Beresford painting

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