Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Wellington III X3280 crashed in the North Sea off Holland on 9/11-1941.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 9. Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded WS-?
T/O 17:30 Honington. OP: Hamburg.

Last heard of when at 21:00 hours it sent a distress signal. It crashed in Waddenzee near Vlieland, Holland with the loss of all onboard.
The Pilot P/O Hugh V. Wilgar-Robinson rests in Vlieland General Cemetery, Friesland while the body of Wop/Air Gnr. Sgt George H. Dartnall drifted ashore near Søndervig. On 11/12 it was found by Receiver of Wrecks Ole Enevoldsen on Søgård Forstrand and brought to his home. On the same evening at 22:30 it was collected by three Luftwaffe Unteroffiziers in a truck who took it to Rom airfield. On 13/12 1941 Dartnall was laid to rest in Lemvig cemetery.

Co-pilot Sgt Robert B. Fielding, Observer Sgt Reginald B. How, W/Op-Air Gnr. Sgt William Smithson and Air Gnr. Kenneth Quick have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.


Sources: BCL, CWGC, WD, UA, AS 62-98.



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