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Blenheim IV R3800 crashed in Limfjorden on 13/8-1940.
Trying to reach Aalborg West the aircraft was hit by flak from Flak Abt. 615, turned over on its back and crashed into Limfjorden near the island of Egholm. The pilot F/L T.E. Syms and the navigator Sgt. K.H. Wright both managed to get out of the aircraft and landed by parachute in Limfjorden not far from Aalborg West. Both were helped out of the water by German soldiers, Syms suffering from a broken ankle.
Air gunner Sgt Edward V. Turner died in the crash and was laid to rest in Vadum cemetery on 3/9 1940.
Syms was taken to the Kamillianerklinikken hospital in Aalborg while Wright on the next day with four more unwounded flyers was sent by JU 52 to an airfield near Hamburg. Here they were loaded unto a truck and driven to Dulag Luft Oberursel near Frankfurt. After interrogation he was sent to Stalag Luft I Barth and later on to Stalag Luft III Sagan and Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug to end up in Stalag 357 Fallingbostel.
After having stayed a while at the Kamillianerklinikken hospital Syms was sent to Dulag Luft in Oberursel for interrogation and on to Oflag IX A/H Schloss Spangenberg and later to Stalag Luft III Sagan.
R3800 going down
R3800 seconds later
One of the flyers being helped ashore
Syms under guard awaiting transportation.
Air gunner Sgt Edward V. Turner, right. His brother to the left
Sources: Ole Rønnest, Aabybro, LBUK, RL, WD, OLCB.
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