Airwar over Denmark

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 By Søren C. Flensted


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Stirling I R9327 crashed by Obbekær to the east of Ribe on 4/4 1943.

The Stirling belonged to RAF 149 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded OJ-M.
T/o 20:39 Lakenheath OP: Kiel

The Stirling was hit by flak from 1.-4/schw.Fl.Abt.306 (FAK. Dänemark) and crashed at 22:57 hours near Tved Huse between Obbekæer and Ribe.
The whole crew died and were on 9/4-1943 laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg. The crew were: Pilot Sgt Kenneth A. Way, Flt. Engr. Sgt Neil MacLeod, Navigator Sgt James Palmer, Air Bomber Sgt Ronald G. Woodfield, W/Op-Air Gnr. Sgt Reginald Bilham, Air Gnr. Sgt Edward G. King and Air Gnr. Sgt William E. Norman.


 (Via Ole Steen Hansen)

After the Germans had finished removing the wreck a group from The Civil Air Defence cleared the site for minor parts and during this work they found several human remains. These were laid to rest in Ribe cemetery without informing the Wehrmacht.
It is believed that the remains were moved to Fourfelt cemetery in Esbjerg after the war.

A small memorial stone is placed close to the crash site.


 (Via Ole Steen Hansen)

W/Op-Air Gnr. Sgt Reginald Bilham


 (Via Ole Steen Hansen)

Air Gnr. Sgt Edward G. King


 (Via Ole Steen Hansen)

Flt. Engr. Sgt Neil MacLeod


 (Via Ole Steen Hansen)

Navigator Sgt James Palmer











Sources: LBUK, AS 65-141, CWGC, BE, RL 19/455+472.


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