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Beaufort I W6477 shot down near Agger on 3/8-41.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 42 Sqn. Coastal Command and was coded AW-O.
T/o Leuchars OP: Rover
W6477 and two more aircrafts from 42 Sqn were on a Rover patrol off the Danish
coast. At 07:45 hours W6477 was sighted by Battery Agger, and a couple of
minutes later it opened fire on the aircraft which were now attacking the
battery from an altitude of 300-400 meters.
The aircraft was hit several times
and crashed to the ground on the beach near the German 2 cm flak. The whole crew
of W6477 died. Pilot F/O Keith J. Masters, W.Op / Air Gnr. F/Sgt George E. Bolam,
Observer Sgt Ronald M. Ramsden and W.Op/ Air Gnr. F/Sgt Leslie R. Hutson were
laid to rest in Frederikshavn cemetery on 7/8-1941.
(Kilmartin via Claus Madsen)
Pilot F/O Keith J. Masters
The wreck did not catch fire and the Germans were able to retrieve two
briefcases with secret orders and codes from it. During the attack one man from
Battery Agger was slightly wounded.
Sources: AD, FAF, VL, WD, OK, CCL.
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