Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Blenheim IV T1807 crashed in the North Sea on 23/8 1941

The aircraft belonged to RAF 235 Sqn. Coastal Command and was coded LA-N.
T/o 07:25 Dyce. OP: A/A patrol.

Took off in company with other squadron aircraft for an escort to one Sunderland, two Catalina's and HMS Rubis.
At 11:17 hrs the Bleinheim stalled, dipped the starboard wing and dived into North Sea after engine failure at low altuitude. The Blenheim broke her back and disappeared within one minute, two people were thrown out and were presumed dead.
P/O P.L. Lander and Sgt. G.E.R. Latimer have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

On 30/12-41 the dead body of Observer Sgt. Harold Leake was found in the sea off Hirtshals and laid to rest in Frederikshavn cemetery on 3/1 1942.

Note: The Commenwealth War Grave Commision records the date of death of 8/11 1941 for the crew.



Sources: CCL, CWGC, WD, KF.



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