Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Halifax II W7751 crashed at Bryndum near Esbjerg 9/1-1943.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 158 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded NP-F.
T/O 16:02 Rufforth. OP: Gardening Broccoli (The Great Belt)

On its way to the target W7751 was hit by flak from 2.lei.Flakabt. 742 near Esbjerg and crashed at 18:26 hours at Bryndum killing six of the crew.
They were Air Bomber Sgt Ian K. Crawford, Air Gnr. Sgt Herbert I. Goodwill, Pilot Sgt Joseph E.R. Lavigne RCAF, Navigator/Bomber Sgt Peter F.E. Newman, Wireless operator SGT Douglas Mann RCAF and Pilot F/Sgt Roger Owen. They were laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery, Esbjerg on 14/1-1943.

The rear gunner Sgt Peter Skinner was nearly unhurt while Flt.Engr. Sgt Sidney Llewellyn was badly hurt. They were both taken to Esbjerg hospital by taxi driver Jacob Nielsen. In the car was also a German officer who sat pointing his pistol at the flyers. Llewellyn died from his wounds on 15/1 and was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery on 19/1-1943.

Skinner was taken to Dulag Luft in Oberursel near Frankfurt for interrogation. When this had finished he was sent to Stalag VIIIB Lamsdorf where he stayed until January 1945 when the prisoners were sent on a march to the west away from the advancing Russian troops. In April they reached the area of Magdeburg and on 11/4 Skinner and three comrades managed to get away from the marching column and hid in a barn. Three days later American troops arrived and on 16/4 Skinner returned to England.



The wreckage.


         (M. Chandler Collection)

W7751, taken at Rufforth, Yorkshire in 1942









Sources: KT, BE, LBUK, RL 19/472, BCL, CWGC, AS 64-521.

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