Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


1939-1940 Updated 21/7-20
1941 Updated 28/4-22
1942 Updated 26/2-22
1943 Updated 19/12-21
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1941 New 23/7-21
1942 Updated 3/2-22
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Hudson I N7216 shot down in the North Sea north east of Helgoland 30/9-1939.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 224 Sqn Coastal Command and was coded QX-D.
T/O Leuchars. Op: Photo mission to Brunsbüttel / Wilhelmshafen.

North east of Helgoland N7216 was attacked by two Bf 109E fighters piloted by Lt. Heinz Deuschle and Fw. Van Kück of 4./JG 77 and crashed into the sea at 07:50 hours. All on board died.
The body of Pilot F/O John R. Hollington Mid was recovered from the sea on 27/11 to the west of Tammwarft, Pellworm and was laid to rest at Husum. After the war the remains was transferred to Kiel War Cemetery.


On 17/11 the body of Pilot Sgt. Richard S. Pitts was found on the beach between Klitmøller and Hanstholm and laid to rest in Klitmøller cemetery on 19/11 1939. The parish minister Hans Skytte officiated at the graveside ceremony.
AC1 Graham Rout and AC1 Alexander Bathgate have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.





Sources: FAF, BK, CWGC, CCL ,”Die Jagdfliegerverbände der Deutschen Luftwaffe 1934-45” Struve Verlag.



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