Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


1939-1940 Updated 12/6-24
1941 Updated 28/4-22
1942 Updated 17/8-23
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1940 New 30/11-23
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1942 Updated 19/3-24
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Stirling III BK714 crashed Tarp, Esbjerg 21/4-1943.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 149 Sqn. and was coded OJ-L.
T/o 22:08 Lakenheath. Op: Rostock.

When crossing the Danish coast near Esbjerg the Stirling was caught by search lights. While trying to escape these BK714 flew too low and suddenly “landed” in a field in Tarp at 00:20 hours.
When the Stirling hit the ground the nose turret was ripped off and came under the aircraft killing the observer Sgt Eric Lewis.



Parker, Bert Dowie, George Carter, Eric Lewis, "Kipper" Herring, Howell

The crew had however been extremely lucky since they had “landed” across the tank ditches and minefields surrounding Esbjerg airfield. Pilot S/Ldr T. L. Howell, Navigator Sgt. F. L. Parker, W.Opr. Sgt A. Dowie, Engineer Sgt. G.W. Herring, Mid upper gunner Pilot Officer G. Winston and rear gunner Sgt. G.A.C. Carter was made POW`s as soon as they left the aircraft due to having “landed” next to German soldiers guarding the airfield.


Pilot S/Ldr T. L. Howell


    (Andrew Dowie)

W.Opr. Sgt A. Dowie


   (Andrew Dowie)

W.Opr. Sgt A. Dowie


   (Andrew Dowie)

W.Opr. Sgt A. Dowie


 (Andrew Dowie)

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The crew were taken to the guardroom in the airfield and kept there until they could be sent to Dulag Luft in Oberursel for interrogation.
From there Howell and Winston were sent to Stalag Luft III Sagan while the rest were sent to Stalag Luft I Barth and on to Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug.
Later Parker, Herring and Carter were sent to Stalag 357 Thorn/Fallingbostel while Dowie ended up in Stalag Luft IV Gross Tychow.


   (Andrew Dowie)

Observer Sgt Eric Lewis.


Lewis was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 30/4-1943.


“The claim” was awarded II+III./lei.Flak abt.742 and V./2.lei.Flakabt.844 and Alarmflakbatt. II/XI (L).




                    (Esbjerg Byarkiv)


 (Marco Hansen)


 (Marco Hansen)


 (Marco Hansen)


Sources: LBUK, Howell, Carter, RL 19/472, CWGC, BE,

The night of 20/21 April 1943

Halifax II JB930 crash landed near Esbjerg 20/4-1943

Lancaster III ED620 crashed near Stadil 20/4-1943

Lancaster III ED614 crashed Vester Vedsted 21/4-1943

Unknown Lancaster crashed Strandgården farm, Halskov 21/4-1943

Stirling III BK714 crashed Tarp, Esbjerg 21/4-1943

Stirling III BF508 crashed in Fænøsund on 21/4 1943

Halifax II DT747 crashed Hjertingvej road in Sædding, Esbjerg 21/4-1943

Lancaster III ED557 believed crashed Store Bælt 21/4-1943

Stirling I R9261 crashed by Kongsmark on 21/41943

Halifax II HR722 crashed Store Bælt off Drøsselbjerg Klint 21/4-1943

Halifax II HR712 crashed Store Bælt near Slipshavn 21/4-1943

Stirling III BF463 crashed in Store Bælt off Halskov on 21/4 1943

Lancaster III ED818 crashed Vresen Ø 21/4-1943

Stirling III BF506 shot down by Bøgballe on 21/4 1943

Lancaster I W4330 crashed Vestbirk 21/4-1943

Halifax II HR714 crashed in the tidal area off the island of Mandø 21/4 1943.

Stirling III BK698 shot down over The North Sea on 21/4 1943

Stirling III BF476 crash-landed at Kragelund Fælled North of Vejle on 21/4 1943

Lancaster ED709 crashed Ringkøbing Fjord 21/4 1943


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