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Mosquito FBIV DZ407 crashed Tveje-Merløse 27/1-1943.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 105 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded GB-R.
T/O 14:26 Marham. OP: Burmaister & Wain, Copenhagen.
When heading towards west after the attack DZ407 piloted by Sgt James George
Dawson and Navigator Sgt Ronald H. Cox flew low to avoid the German flak. When
passing over Tveje-Merløse DZ407 hit a tree which tore part of the wing of. The
aircraft continued across the village pond where it hit some electrical wires
which started a fire which again caused the aircraft to explode at 17:13 hours
killing both crew members. The wreckage was spread over 500 x 400 metres.
The flyers were laid to rest in Tveje-Merløse cemetery on 30/1-1943.
A German field priest officiated at the graveside ceremony. A speech was held by
the German Fliegerhorstkommandant of Værløse Major Sonntag, and a German guard
of honour fired a salute.
The Guard of Honour
The memorial with the cross was erected on the crash site by Farmer Valdemar
Nielsen, Merløse Gård farm.
Sources: RL 19/455, AS 9-83, Tveje-Merløse church office, LBUK, BCL.
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