Airwar over Denmark

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Wellington V Z1343 crashed Vejle Fjord on 8/11-1942.


The aircraft belonged to PAF (RAF) 300 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded BH-L.
T/O 18:54 Ingham. OP: Gardening in Carrots ( Lille Bælt south of Vejle Fjord).


At 21:50 hours the Wellington hit the surface of Vejle Fjord and crashed in position 55`40`13N 09`44`17E.

Soon after a call for help was heard from the Fjord and Niels Rasmussen Nielsen and Hilmar Børge Andreasen sailed out in a barge. It did not take them long to locate two flyers in the water, one of the flyers keeping the other afloat and brought them to the house of Peter Andersen. They were Pilot Sgt Stefan Chielewski and Sgt Mirtek Dadej. Dadej was badly wounded, and an ambulance was called for to take him to a nearby Sanatorium for treatment. After a while also Chielewski was taken to the sanatorium where he was given a solitary hospital room. The next day Physiotherapist Lilli Weik entered the room claiming that she was a Doctor and talked to Chielewski. He wanted to get out and swim across the Fjord, but she strongly opposed to that.
From the Sanatorium they were sent to Dulag Luft in Oberursel for interrogation and on to Stalag Luft I Barth.

After a couple of weeks Lilli Weik received a letter from Stalag Luft I in which Chielewski told her that his POW number was 783222 and Sgt Dadej was Gefangenen no. 879.

Later they were sent to Stalag IVB Mühlberg a.d. Elbe and to Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug to end up in Stalag 357 Thorn / Fallingbostel.

They both returned to England after the war.

Around midnight a third flyer was found, but he turned out to be lifeless. Chief physician Graversen of the Sanatorium tried to restore him to life, but to no avail. He was taken to the Chapel at the Sanatorium and was identified as being F/O L. Borowicz.

He was laid to rest in Fovrfeld cemetery in Esbjerg on 9/11-1942.

Sgt Z. Rausinski and Sgt J. Cieszynski-Nalecz have no known grave.

 

 



Sources: BE, BCL, UA, LBUK, RL 19/454+455, AS 35-108, The Danish Directorate of Lighthouses.

 

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