Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

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Blenheim IV L8864 crashed in the North Sea off Thyborøn 25/5-1941.


The aircraft belonged to RAF 18 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded WV-W
T/o 05:50 Oulton. OP: Anti Shipping.


Together with five more Blenheims L8864 was on a anti shipping operation off the Danish west coast.
At 08:10 L8864 and two more aircrafts attacked Battery Agger and the German ship “Wall 11” from 50 meters height without doing any damage to any of them.
While attacking Battery Agger the aircraft was hit in the right hand engine and started burning. It turned towards south west while under maschine gun fire from Fliegerwache I./336 Thyborøn. L8864 now dropped 7 bombs near Flugsicherungsboote “Wall 11” and then crashed into the sea 30 metres from the beach near Groyne no. 49.
W/Op Sgt C.N. Harris was picked up from the sea by a Danish fishingboat and brought to Thyborøn. He was only slightly wounded and was sent to Dulag Luft in Oberursel near Frankfurt. After being interrogated he was send to Stalag VIIIB Lamsdorf and later to Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug. At the end of war he was found in camp 357 Fallingbostel.

The body of Pilot Sgt Frank Wood was picked up from the sea and taken to Rom airfield. He had died from a shot thru the head and was laid to rest in Lemvig cemetery on 27/5-1941, the parish minister Rev. J. Bendsen officiating at the graveside ceremony.
 
Navigator Sgt. Ernest G. Baker was found drifted ashore near Thyborøn Groyne no. 53 in Knopper beach area by Receiver of wrecks Jens Christian Madsen Toft on 20/6.
This was reported to the German Commander in Thyborøn Oberleutnant Linnemann, who arranged for the body to be taken to Rom airfield. On 21/6-1941
Baker was laid to rest in Lemvig cemetery. Also on this day the Rev. J. Bendsen officiated at the graveside ceremony.

On 30/5 the wreck of L8864 was brought to Thisted by a German ship.


 

The remains of Blenheim IV L8864

 

 

 

 

Sources : KT, AD, BCL,FAF, LBUK WD, OLCB.

 

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