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Wellington IC R1778 ditched in the North Sea 30/11-1941.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 101 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded SR-G.
T/O 16:40 Oakington. OP: Hamburg.
Outbound, R1778 had engine problems and had to ditch in the North Sea 70
kilometres west of Esbjerg at approx. 20:00 hours. Co.Pilot Sgt Roy ST. C. Finch
and Wop/Air Gnr. Sgt John W. Lamont survived the ditching and were able to enter
the aircrafts dinghy.
On 2/12 at 10:00 hours they were observed by the Danish fishingboat E264
“Harmonie” of Esbjerg. Skipper Knud Jensen took them onboard and brought them to
Esbjerg where the German Wehrmacht made them prisoners of war. They were brought
to Dulag Luft in Oberursel. Finch was sent on to Stalag 383 Hohenfels and later
to Stalag Luft III in Sagan while Lamont was sent to Stalag 7A Moosburg and
later to Stalag 383 Hohenfels to end up in Stalag Luft VII Bankau.
The rest of the crew, who were Pilot Sgt Derek A. Willisson, Observer Sgt Donald
E. Williams, W/Op-Air Gnr. Sgt Kenneth Naylor and Air Gnr. Leonard G. C. Dimond
have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Sources: UA, BCL, CWGC, OLCB.
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