Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Wellington Ic R1455 crashed in the sea south west of Højer on 20/8-1941.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 9 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded WS-D.
T/o 21:14 Honington OP: Kiel

On the return flight from Kiel R1455 was hit by flak from 3./607 and crashed into the tidal area approx. 2 kilometres south west of Højer lock at 00:35 hours. The whole crew died and were laid to rest in Tønder cemetery on 23/8-1941. They were Pilot Sgt Patrick J. Brady, Pilot Sgt Cecil T. Everitt, Observer Sgt Henry B.S. Johnston, Air Gnr. F/Sgt Thomas Armstrong, Air Gnr. Sgt Herbert E. Temple and W/Op Sgt Thomas Whalley.

The coffins were covered by Union Jack and the grave site ceremony was performed by a German field priest. Also attending were the Commander of the Danish garrison Colonel A. Poulsen, the Commandor of the German garrison Major Pösche and a detachment of Danish soldiers and a detachment of German soldiers.


                                                            (Tønder lokalarkiv)

The wreck




Sources: LBUK,RL,T-501,BCL, FAF.


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