Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted

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Stirling I R9162 crashed in Jammerbugt / Skagerak on 11/8 1942.

The Stirling belonged to RAF 149 Sqn. Bomber Command and wore the letters OJ-Q
T/O Lakenheath. OP: Gardening Silverthorn (The Kattegat)


The Stirling approached Hansted from a southerly direction at 01:56 hrs at an altitude of 50-80 metres and Flak from position 10 opened fire with 4 shots from their 3.7 cm cannon while position 2 opened up with 20 rounds from a 2 cm gun. A fire was observed to erupt from the aircraft and after a short while it turned into a fireball from which several flashes was seen before it crashed into the sea approx. 6 kilometres north of Hansted. The claim was eventually granted 1./M.Fl.A.814 by Stat. Nord.

The crew which consisted of Pilot Sgt Claudius W. S. Oliver RAAF, Observer Sgt Leonard R. Simms, W/Op Sgt Garnet F. Smith RCAF, Air Gnr Sgt James H. Storey, Flt Engr Sgt Norman P. Gregson, Air Gnr P/O William C. Sutton and Air Gnr Sgt William H. Streeter all perished.

The body of Sgt Storey was found on 12/9 1942 in the sea 4 kilometres off Hjartemaal Klit. Han was laid to rest in the cemetery of Frederikshavn on 17/9 1942.

Sgt Oliver rests in the cemetery of Larvik, Norway and Sgt Sims in Kviberg, Sweden. The rest have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

 

Below Pilot Sgt Claudius W. S. Olivers letter to his mother in case he should be lost:

 


  (Via John Williams)

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  (Via John Williams)

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  (Jan Einar Bredal, Larvik, Norway)

 


  (Jan Einar Bredal, Larvik, Norway)

 


  (Jan Einar Bredal, Larvik, Norway)

 

 


  (Dieter Friedrick)

 


  (Dieter Friedrick)

 Overview Kviberg, Sweden

 




Kilder: BF, BCL, CWGC, FAF, RL 19/454, RM 45 III/314 via Museumscenter Hanstholm.

 

 

 

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