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Hampden I AE288 crashed in the tidal waters east of the island of Mandø 9/5-1942.


The aircraft belonged to RCAF (RAF) 408 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded EQ-H.
T/o 21:24 Balderton OP: Warnemünde.


On the return flight back to base 1.M.FlakA.204 (Leichte Flakbatterie) and 1./lei.Flakabt.836 and 2./lei.Flakabt.844 (Both Luftwaffe) based near Esbjerg opened fire and AE288 was hit. At 02:26 hours the aircraft crashed into the tidal waters at Hviding Nakke east of the southern point of the island of Mandø.

Personnel from the Wehrmacht were seen at the wreck at 05:30 hours in the morning when four dead flyers were observed in the wreck.
In the afternoon the Wehrmacht were at the crash site again but still no attempt was made to recover the flyers.
On Sunday 10/5 Receiver of Wrecks Hans Jørgensen, Mandø and Carl Petersen retrieved a body from the wreck and brought it to Mandø.
On the same day a body was found on Korresand 8 kilometres to the south west of Mandø. It was taken to Mandø and was identified as being Navigator/Air Observer F/Sgt Marcel S. Sinclair.
On 11/5 Receiver of Wrecks Hans Jørgensen, Mandø and Carl Petersen together with Comstable Hansen retrieved the last body from the wreck and brought it to Mandø.
The two flyers retrieved from the wreck were W/Op-Air Gnr. Sgt Clifford S. Jeffries and W/Op-Air Gnr. Sgt Herbert F. Stroud.
The three flyers were laid in coffins on the island and taken to Esbjerg where they were laid to rest in Fourfelt cemetery on 16/5-42.
On 4/7 Receiver of wrecks Christian Møller found the body of Pilot F/Sgt James S. Norton washed ashore on Bollerstrand on the island of Rømø and brought it to Kongsmark. Norton was laid to rest in Fouvrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 8/7-1942.

 

 

 

 





Kilder : RL, LBUK, BCL, T-501, UA, Theodor Hansen, Esbjerg, Vestkysten newspaper.
 

 

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