Airwar over Denmark

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Hampden I AT224 crashed in the sea south west of the island of Samsø 16/5-1942.


The aircraft belonged to RCAF (RAF) 408 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded EQ-A.
T/O 22:19 Balderton. OP: Gardening Pumpkin (Samsø Belt)


Returning from the Pumpkin area AT224 was hit by flak from the German mine sweeper 190J which laid anchored 2 miles west of Vesborg lighthouse and exploded in the air at approx. 02:00 killing all onboard. Later the same day the body of Pilot F/S Raymond James Dillon was found in the sea south west of Koldby Kaas, Samsø and by the German Wehrmacht laid to rest in Værløse cemetery near Copenhagen on 19/5-1942.

 

 


The body of Wop/Air Gnr. Sgt William D. Palmer RAF was found drifted ashore near Koldby Kaas on the island of Samsø and was taken to Tranebjerg hospital. On 15/6 he was laid to rest with full military honours in Tranebjerg cemetery, the German Field Priest Johannes Vorrath officiating at the graveside ceremony.

 


 (Samsø Egnsarkiv)

Palmer funeral.

 


                 (Mikkel Plannthin)

 


                          (Mikkel Plannthin)

 


                          (Mikkel Plannthin)

 

P/O Cyril Chesswell RAF and Sgt Raymond Wesley Dreyer have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

 



Sources: FAF, AIR 27/1796, LBUK, T501, Police report, UA, E. Buck, Samsø.
 

 

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