Ingram, Kenneth Herschell Callendar


Kenneth Ingram was the son of Herschell Frank Ingram and Elizabeth Ingram, of Fratton, Portsmouth, Hampshire. After leaving Quirister School, he went on to King Edward VI School, Southampton. In 1941 he joined the RAF and subsequently became a Flight Sergeant, serving as a Lancaster bomber flight engineer with 50 Squadron.

He was reported missing from operations over the borders of Holland and Westphalia on the night of June 21st/22nd 1944, attacking the Scholven/Buer oil plant.

Lancaster LL840 (VN-M) took off from Skellingthorpe at 2317 on June 21st 1944.   On it’s return flight it was shot down by a German night-fighter and crashed at Oene (Gelderland), near Epe in Holland. Three of the crew were killed.   Ingram survived, going into hiding immediately after the aircraft came down. He was found by a member of the Dutch Resistance and taken to a house in Apeldoorn, belonging to Mrs Bitter-van-Noodaa, one of the resistance leaders.     He was still being sheltered there at the end of September when a Dutchman, anxious to avoid being called up for forced labour and apparently unaware that Ingram, and an American airman who arrived later, were still in hiding, betrayed the section of the underground movement that Mrs Bitter-van-Noodaa’s son belonged.     Acting on information supplied by the Dutchman, the Gestapo raided the house and seized the two airmen.   On October 2nd 1944, Ingram, the American airman and six Dutch resistance fighters were shot by the Germans.

There is a monument to all eight of these men in Apeldoorn, erected in 1969.   Ingram was twenty-one years old, and is buried in grave 4.299 of Ugchelen-Heidehof General Cemetery, Apeldoorn.

The people of Ugchelen remember those who died for their liberation. Each year, children from the ‘De Bouwhof’ primary school in Ugchelen maintain the graves in the Heidehof cemetery. On April 17th every year, and once every five years on May 4th, there is a commemorative service at the cemetery, and flowers are laid on every grave. Fifty-seven Allied servicemen, all aircrew, are buried in the Ugchelen-Heidehof cemetery. Most of them are British, but there are also three Canadians, two Australians, one New Zealander and one Czech.

 Further detailed information about Flight Sergeant Ingram has been deposited with Winchester College Archives and can be consulted on application to the Archivist, Suzanne Foster (sf@wincoll.ac.uk).

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Ingram
  • Forenames or initials: Kenneth Herschell Callendar
  • House: Quirister
  • Years in School: 1933-1936
  • Rank: Flight Sergeant
  • Regiment: RAF Volunteer Reserve
  • Date of Birth: 14th February 1923
  • Date of Death: 2nd October 1944
  • How Died: Murdered as Prisoner of War
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner C1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Ugchelen-Heidehof Cemetery, Apeldoorn, Holland: Grave 4.299