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Lancaster I R5909 crashed in the Baltic Sea on 24/9-1942.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 9 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded VN-?
T/O 23:02 Swinderby. OP: Wismar.
At 04:00 hours R5909 was hit by flak and exploded in the air. It crashed in the
sea approx. 14 kilometres south east of Rødby and 1,5 kilometres north east of
Hyllekrog lighthouse on two metres of water. Several parts from this aircraft
were found over the next period of time.
On the afternoon of 6/10 the remains of Sgt C F. Watson RAAF was found on the
beach near Egholm 5 kilometres to the west of Nysted. It was taken to the Chapel
in Nysted and later picked up by the Wehrmacht and taken to Svinø. On 9/10-1942
Watson and Carnley who had been found near Hyllekrog were laid to rest in one
coffin in Svinø cemetery.
The rest of the crew who were Pilot F/Sgt George K. Dickenson, Sgt William H.
Trottier, Sgt Rex A. Gotts RAAF, F/Sgt Henry J. Wade and Sgt Harold A. Phillips
RAAF have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Sources: LBUK, BS, RL 19/452+455, UA, BCL.
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