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Whitley V N1405 crashed in the tidal waters north of Morsum, Sylt 19/3-1940.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 51 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded MH-?
T/O 20:35 Dishforth. OP: Hörnum, Sylt.
At 23:30 hours N1405 had just dropped its bomb load when it was caught by
searchlights and hit by flak from 2,3,4 and 5./111 detachments. It continued
unsteady and burning towards north to the Danish island of Rømø and then turned
out over the sea and finally at 23:35 crashed and exploded in the tidal area
north of Morsum, Sylt and west of Rømø.
All on board perished.
Pilot F/L John E. Baskerville was found in the sea off List while Pilot P/O Emery O`Fennel
was found washed ashore on the island of Sylt. Also found on German soil was W/Op-Air Gnr. L.A.C. Leslie Close.
They now rest in Kiel War Cemetery while
Observer Sgt. Bertram D. Shepperson has no known grave and is commemorated on
the Runnymede Memorial.
The body of W/Op-Air Gnr. L.A.C. William G. Newton was washed ashore on the
island of Rømø on 26/5. On 28/5 he was given a military burial by the German
Wehrmacht in Kirkeby cemetery. The parish minister of Kirkeby R. Jørgensen
officiated at the graveside ceremony.
William G. Newton's grave
Sources: FAF, BCL, KK, RL, CWGC, Newspaper The Times, Loss card
via Finn Buch.
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