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Halifax II W1274 crashed in Elsø moor on 24/9-1942.
The aircraft belonged to RCAF (RAF) 405 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded LQ-R.
T/O 00:19 Topcliffe. OP: Flensburg.
On its way to the target W1274 was hit by flak from 1./306 in cooperation with
1./Schein 609 at 04:08 and crashed in Elsø moor west of Kelstrup plantation
killing all onboard. They were all laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on
They were Pilot P/O William M. Webb, Flt. Engr. Sgt John M. Rankin,
Navigator P/O Edward E. Gervais, Air Bomber Sgt John H. Kaufman RAF, W/Op-Air
Gnr. F/Sgt William Sheldon RAF, Air Gnr.F/Sgt Mervyn K. Burke RAAF and Air Gnr.
F/Sgt John Ott.
At the crash site was erected a memorial
Sources: BCL, LBUK, CWGC, AS 70-125, RL 19/472, BA.
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