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Wellington III X3716 crashed near Holbøl 29/4-1942.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 9 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded WS-?.
T/O 23:07 Honington. OP: Kiel.
While on its way to the target Wellington X3716 was attacked by a German night
fighter and exploded in the air north of Kruså. The wreckage was scattered over
a wide area. The tail fell in a field belonging to farmer Peter Nissen,
Kidskelund while most of the fuselage fell approx. 100 metres north of Kelstrup
plantation. One body was found in the wreckage while three were found scattered
around it. The flyers were Observer Sgt. Ronald K. Ayres, W/Op-Air Gnr. Sgt
Harold R. Harrison, W/Op-Air Gnr. Sgt Alfred W. Mount and W/Op-Air Gnr. Kennett
W. Stevens. They were laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on the morning of 2/5.
(Landsarkivet for Sdr. Jylland)
The funeral on 2/5
On 7/5 a body was found in Holdbi plantation and another at Nr. Smedeby gravel
pit. These were the pilots Sgt George K. Sampson and Sgt Leslie R. Silver who
were laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery early in the morning on 9/5-1942.
It is believed that the night fighter was piloted by Hauptmann Günther Radusch
of Stab. II./ NJG 3
who claimed a Wellington north of Flensburg at 01:56 hours.
A memorial was erected on 29/4 2004
Sources: CWGC, LBUK, RL 19/454, AS 70-89, Nonnenmacher file, T501, BA.
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