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Stirling I W7613 crashed in the North Sea west of
Skallingen on 2/10 1942.
The Stirling belonged to RAF 218 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded HA-N.
T/O 19:48 Downham Market. OP: Lübeck.
On its way back to base W7613 was attacked by a German night fighter piloted by
Major Günther Radusch of Stab. II./NJG 3 at 01:04 hours and is believed to have
crashed into Juvre Dyb to the north west of the island of Rømø with the loss of
the entire crew.
Pilot Wing Cdr. Montagu F. B. Read
Pilot F/Lt Johannes C.F. Du Toit and Pilot Wing Cdr. Montagu
F. B. Read were both found drifted ashore near Hvidding on 17/10 and laid to rest
in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 20/10. Air Gnr. Sgt Alan I. Parkinson RNZAF
was found on the beach of Vejers, and laid to rest in Gravlunden on 30/10 1942.
Read originated from Canada and Du Toit from South Africa.
FLt Engr. Sgt John W.
Dawson, Navigator F/O John R. Drake, Air Bomber Sgt Kenneth J. Cooper, W/Op Sgt
James Speed and Air Gnr. F/S Joseph D.R. Menard RCAF have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
W/Op Sgt James Speed
It should be mentioned that Menard is commemorated on The Malta Memorial, which
honours those who lost their lives in the Mediterranean theatre.
Sources: Nonnenmacher file, RL 19/454, UA, BE, CWGC, BCL, Theodor Hansen,
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