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Wellington IV R1585 crash landed near Hoptrup on
The aircraft belonged to PAF (RAF) 301 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded GR-F.
T/O 18:37 Hemswell. OP: Gardening.
R1585 had been hit by flak from Marine ship KW49 and was at 23:15forced to
crashland in Hytterkoppel forest 11 kilometres south of Haderslev. The crew of
five were all more or less severely wounded and were taken to Haderslev County
hospital in Haderslev.
On the night of 12-13/10 at 00:45 the pilot Sgt Marian Blachowski died from his wounds. He was laid to rest in Åbenrå cemetery on
15/10-1942. Reverend Beuck of Åbenrå officiated at the graveside ceremony and a
German detachment of honour fired a salud. Wreaths were laid on behalf of the
German Wehrmacht by Major Dr. Uetzmann and on behalf of the Danish Police by
Head of Police Schack.
The rest of the crew consisting of Air Observer F/O Jerzy Stachuski, W/op-Air
Gnr. Sgt Tadeusz Kowalski, W/Op-Air Gnr. Sgt Sigmond Turuta and Air Gnr. Sgt
Karol Molewicz stayed at the hospital until after Christmas thanks to Chief
Physician Lund who refused to let them go due to their health.
they were moved to the German lazarett in Flensburg and later to prisoner of war
camps. Stachuski was sent to Stalag Luft III Sagan while Tadeusz went to Stalag
Luft I in Barth and on to Stalag Luft VI at Heydekrug to end up in Stalag 357
Turuta was sent to Stalag IVB Mühlberg a.d. Elbe and on to
Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug to end in Stalag Luft IV Gross Tychow.
sent to Stalag IXC Mühlhausen and Stalag 357 Thorn/Fallingbostel.
Sources: OLCB, RL 19/472+455, AS 66-122, BCL, Newspaper “Dannevirke”.
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