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Wellington III X3280 crashed in the North Sea off Holland
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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