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Lancaster I W4230 crashed in the sea of Smålandsfarvandet
The aircraft belonged to RAF 9 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded WS-P.
T/O Waddington. OP: Wismar.
At 02:46 hours W4230 was hit by flak from 3.Lei 844 and crashed in the sea off
the island of Vejrø killing all onboard. On 25/9 a wheel and a fuel tank was
found in the sea and brought to Vejrø.
On 28/9 Flt.Engr. Sgt Geoffrey W.A. Higson was found drifted ashore near
Holsteinsborg and was laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on 9/10-1942.
On 18/10 the body of Air Gnr. Sgt John W. Henry RNZAF was found drifted ashore
on the island of Skalø. Henry was laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on 22/10-1942.
Pilot F/Sgt Owen B. White RNZAF, F/O Harry F.B. Smith RNZAF, F/Sgt James A. Beaton,
Sgt James C. Gray RNZAF and Sgt Noel H. Crozier RNZAF have no known graves and
are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Sources: CWGC, RL 19/455, BCL, LBUK, UA.
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