Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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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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