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Wellington III Z1564 crashed near the island of Fanø
The aircraft belonged to RAF 57 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded DX-S.
T/O 22:10 Feltwell. OP: Gardening.
At 03:09 Wellington Z1564 was hit by flak from Luftwaffe flak 2./844 and Marine
flak near Esbjerg and crashed in the sea north west of Fanø island killing all
The dead bodies of Observer P/O Dennis Percival, Wop F/Sgt George
Richard and Air Gnr. Sgt Maurice Prescott were found near the wreck and were
taken to Esbjerg by the German Marine while Air Gnr. Sgt John Collie was found
drifted ashore on Fanø.
They were laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery, Esbjerg on
The Pilot P/O John A. Sligo was found drifted ashore near Ballum lock
and was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 20/10-1942.
Pilot P/O John A. Sligo at Methwold
Sources: KT, LBUK, CWGC, RL 19/472, AS 64-318, BE, Pat Sligo.
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