Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Lancaster I W4372 crashed in the North Sea 18/1-1943.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 12 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded PH-G.
T/O 16:34 Wickenby. OP: Berlin.

Lancaster W4372 is believed to have been claimed by a German night fighter and to have crashed into the North Sea to the south west of Denmark.
Pilot Sgt Eric B. Withell RNZAF, Flt. Engr. Sgt James S. Hunter, Navigator F/S Wilfrid G.Burrows RAAF, Air Bomber F/S Alan F. Neale RAAF, W/Op Sgt Robert B.Mullinger RAAF and Air Gnr. Sgt Leslie H.Richardson have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
The dead body of Air Gnr. Sgt Andrew Mitchell was found drifted ashore on Søgård Forstrand beach on 14/5 at approx. 16:00 hours by Reciever of wrecks Christian Kirk Christensen. The body was taken to Esbjerg by the Wehrmacht and was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery on 18/5-1943.



Sources: BCL, Report Ringkøbing police, BE, CWGC.


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