Branahuie / Braighe na h-Aoidhe

Last address in Lewis: 3 Branahuie
Son of Donald McNab and of Anne McNab (nee Geddes), of Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand; husband of Jessie Joan McNab, of Timaru.
Service unit: Royal New Zealand Air Force, 76 (R.A.F.) Sqdn
Service number: 415416
Date of death: 26 April 1943 at the age of 32
Killed in action
Interred: Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, Plot 69. Row C. Coll. grave 4.

Piloted a 76 Sq Halifax heading for Duisburg, Germany on the night of 26/27 April 1943. Aircraft was damaged in attack by German nightfighter pilot Heinz Vinke. The Halifax crashed into the Carlton Hotel in Amsterdam, the German HQ. Anne Frank, of diary fame, heard the crash from her hideaway house. There was conjecture at the time from the Dutch whether this was done deliberately.

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