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Hudson V AM523 crashed at Fårtoft on 20/10-1941.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 608 Sqn. Coastal Command and was coded UL-F.
T/O Thornaby 11:30. OP: Rover patrol off the coast of Denmark.
AM523 was assigned to patrol the sea off the Danish west coast together with two
more aircrafts. When north of Hanstholm they turned inland to go low over the
Limfjorden and Thisted Bredning. One of the aircrafts dropped bombs on
Skarrehage moler-works on Mors while the two other attacked the German dummy sea
plane base at Fårtoft to the north of Thisted. During the attack at 16:14, AM523
hit the house of the farm belonging to Farmer Kirkegaard and after that hit the
farm belonging to farmer Petersen.
This farm burned down to the ground. The
aircraft was wrecked and three of the flyers died right away while one airman
lived for a while afterwards before dying from his wounds. It was only possible
to identify two of the flyers before laying them to rest in Frederikshavn
cemetery on 24/10 1941. The crew were Pilot Sgt. Alan Hendy, Pilot Sgt Stephen
Alfred Symons, Wop/Air gnr. Sgt W. White and Wop/Air gnr. F/Sgt William Philip
The funeral in Frederikshavn
It should be mentioned that the claim for “shooting down” the aircraft was
granted an Oerlikon gun from II/2./871 Flak abt. 615.
The memorial at the crash site.
Sources : RL 19/453, T-501, CCL, LBUK, CWGC, UA.
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