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1965/05/27 – David „Jock“ Provan – 29 Field Squadron RE – ✝

Am 27 Mai des Jahres 1965 ereignete sich auf dem Weg in das Manöver „Canal Turn“ ein schwerer Unfall. David Provan, der gerade eben erst seine Driving Licence für ein Linkslenker gemacht hat, streifte mit seinem 3t-Bedford RL dabei ein parkendes Auto. Durch den Aufprall auf das parkende Fahrzeug, schleuderte der LKW herum, rutschte durch einen Graben und kollidierte mit einem Baum.

Zeitzeugen, die damals live mit dabei waren, berichteten:
 „Es war schrecklich! Wir saßen auf der Ladefläche und hörten den Aufprall! Dann fielen wir auch schon durcheinander. Natürlich auch alles was an Ausrüstung mit auf der Ladefläche war! Zum Glück, kamen wir alle mit ein paar Blessuren davon, außer David, er wurde tödlich verletzt! Aber wir haben ihn nie vergessen!“

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On May 27, 1965, a serious accident occurred on the way to the exercise „Canal Turn“.  David Provan, who has just finished his driving license for a left-hand drive, touched a parking car with his 3t-Bedford RL. By the impact on the parked vehicle, the truck hurled around, sliding through a ditch and colliding with a tree.

Some of his comrads told me:

„It was horrible! We sat on the loading area and heard the impact! Then we were all mixed. Of course, everything was equipped with equipment on the loading area! Fortunately, we all came out with a few bruises, except David, he was mortally injured! But we have never forgotten him!“

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The full damaged Bedford RL

The full damaged Bedford RL

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And of course, we will remember them all:

 In Memoriam

Über den Autor

Arnd Wöbbeking

Technischer Angesteller, Fotografie, EDV

2 Kommentare

  1. keith summerscales

    The day i arrived in 29fld sqn RE: I along with a few others was in the adjudants office having just arrived from uk and being breifed on which sqns we were going to. The phone rang and he was told of the accident he then informed a few of us we were going to 29 and we would probally be practising our drill. Three of us were posted to 29 and the three of us were on the funereal cortage. Have been back to Hannover a few times to visit his grave along with other comrades that lost there lives.

  2. john donaldson

    I was riding in an armoured pig with my section,lost as usual,when we came upon this accident by chance.We helped out as best we could,but I remember the German undertakers putting Jock in a coffin to remove hi
    m,very sad day.the funeral day was even worse with his parents there.

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