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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
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.
W7751, taken at Rufforth, Yorkshire in 1942
Sources: KT, BE, LBUK, RL 19/472, BCL, CWGC, AS 64-521.
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