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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
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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