Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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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.




                                                          (Thisted lokalarkiv)

The wreckage

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 Wright.


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.






               (Frank Weber)


               (Frank Weber)

The memorial at the crash site.



Sources : RL 19/453, T-501, CCL, LBUK, CWGC, UA.


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