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Wellington II W5574 crashed in the North Sea on 9/5-1942.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 12 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded PH-?.
T/O 22:14 Binbrook. OP: Warnemünde.
At 01:16 the Wellington called to base that it was having problems with an
engine. After that nothing was heard, and the aircraft crashed in the sea
killing all onboard.
The body of Wop/Air Gnr. Sgt John E. Hobgen was found on
Havsande near the island of Rømø on 12/10-1942. He was laid to rest in Kirkeby
cemetery on 14/10-1942. Marine Field Priest Bukin from Sylt officiating at the
Pilot F/S Frederick Roddy and Wop/Air Gnr. Sgt Kenneth E.
Byrne was found drifted ashore on the island of Sylt and were buried on the
After the war they were moved to Kiel War Cemetery where they now rest.
Observer Sgt Allan Nicholsen was found at the island of Amrum and was laid to
rest in Nebel. He too was moved to Kiel after the war.
Co-Pilot Sgt Allan J.
Millar have no known grave and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Sources: CWGC, FB, BCL, KK, UA.
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