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Hudson V AM684 shot down off Hanstholm harbour 5/4-1942.
The aircraft belonged to RCAF (RAF) 407 Sqn. Coastal Command and was coded RR-O.
T/o Bircham Newton. Op : Saucer
At 10:40 the Hudson passed Hanstholm harbour in a southerly direction turning
towards north west to attack the German Vorpostboot VP 2009 which laid outside
Light flak from 4./MA-A118 opened fire with 3,7 cm and 2.0 cm flak.
After 3 rounds from the 2 cm cannon and 3 rounds from the 3,7 cm cannon the
Hudson was hit in a fuel cell by a 3.7 cm round and crashed into the sea 700 metres off Hanstholm from a altitude of 50 metres.
The Vorpostboot sailed to
the crashsite and picked up the dead bodies of Wop/Air Gnr. W/O II Samuel
Douglas Dean RCAF and Pilot F/Sgt Leo George Murphy RCAF as well as a wheel and
part of the landing gear.
The flyers were both laid to rest in Frederikshavn
cemetery on 11/4 1942.
On 22/7 the body of Wop/Air Gnr. F/Sgt Arthur Kenneth
Hamilton RCAF was found and brought to Frederikshavn from Thisted. He was laid
to rest in Frederikshavn cemetery on 27/7 1942.
Air observer Sgt. Joseph F.H. La Freniere RCAF have no known grave and is
commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial
Part of the Hudson were used as a trophy by the Germans
Sources: KT, T 501, CWGC, Ross McNeill, BF, KF.
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