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Wellington Ic Z8946 crashed near the southern tip of the island of Rømø 27/10-1941.


The aircraft belonged to RAF 57 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded DX-S.
T/O 18:10 Feltwell. OP: Hamburg.


While on the return flight Z8946 was hit by flak from 2. Zug Der 3./ 836 which fired 60 rounds against the aircraft, which in turn crashed in the tidal waters south of Rømø island at 00:20 hours. The pilot P/O J.S.Walters, Observer P/O I.H.Collett RNZAF and Wop Sgt T.C.Bartle survived to become prisoners of war. They were all taken to Fliegerhorst List on the island of Sylt and further to Dulag Luft at Oberursel. Walters suffered from severe facial injuriels and was treated for five weeks at Hohemark hospital at Oberursel.

After Dulag Luft Walters and Collett were sent to Stalag Luft I at Barth and later to Stalag Luft III Sagan.From there Walters was sent to Stalag 21B to end up in Stalag Luft III Sagan.

Bartle was sent to Stalag VIIIB Lamsdorf and Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug ending up in 357 Fallingbostal at the end of the war.

The dead body of Wop/Air Gnr. Sgt Logan Bentley RCAF was found drifted ashore near Nymindegab and laid to rest in Gravlunden cemetery, Fovrfelt, Esbjerg on 18/8-1942.

According to the Cemetery journal of Gravlunden cemetery Pilot Sgt Donald S. Fisk RCAF was found near Ballum lock on March 14. 1944 and laid to rest in Gravlunden on March 17. 1944. Air Gnr. Sgt. Frank W. Wade RCAF have no known grave and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

 

 



Sources: BCL, WD, BE, T-501, OLCB, RL 19/453.
 

 

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