Airwar over Denmark

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Stirling III BF508 crashed in Fænøsund on 21/4 1943


The aircraft belonged to RAF 90 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded WP-S.
T/O 21:49 Ridgewell OP: Rostock.


After take off the Stirling left England via Cromer and was supposed to cross the Danish coast at the southern end of Ringkøbing Fjord and then go to Fyns Hoved where it should set course for Rostock.

It was however seen flying over Taulov on fire and shortly after, at 00:44 hours, it crashed into Fænøsund near Teglgaarden farm on the position 55`29`12 N 09`43`30 E killing all onboard.

According to "Kriegstagesbuch des Kommandant im Abschnitt dänische Westküste" seventy some aircrafts passed Esbjerg some 40 kilometers south of the coast crossing point, and apparently all flak in the area opened up aiming at the bombers. A theory is, and it must be stressed that it is merely a theory, that BF508 was hit while flying over Esbjerg and was continuing east on fire until it crashed.


The dead bodies of Pilot F/Lt Anthony S.W. Prioleau and two more crewmembers were found on the same night and taken to Odense, where they were laid to rest on Assistenskirkegaarden cemetery on April 23 as three unknown airmen.

In 1946 the bodies were exhumed for identification purposes by The British Army and the body of Prioleau was identified. He’s two comrades still rests as unknown airmen.
 
The body of Navigator Sgt Dennis Stowe was found in the morning of June 15 by Odden in Faenosund. It was handed over to the German Commandant in Middelfart and brought to Esbjerg, where it was buried in Fovrfelt cemetery on June 19.

The dead body of W/Op Sgt Charles D. McKelvie was found on the beach of Skrillinge Strand on July 23 at 21:05 hours and brought to the Hospital in Middelfart. McKelvie was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on July 29-1943.

Those who rest as unknown airmen or have no known grave are: Air Bomber Sgt William T. Leathley, Air Gnr. Sgt Reginald H. Dunstan, Air Gnr. Sgt Mervyn Leonard and Flt. Engr Sgt Harold Munnery. They are all commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Note: Fænøsund forms part of The Lille Bælt just south of Middelfart.

 

 

 

 

 



 

Sources: WD, LBUK, FAF, RL 19/455, The Danish Lighthouse Administration, BE, AS, SF.

 

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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