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


The aircraft belonged to RAF 158 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded NP-C.
T/O 21:18 Lissett. OP : Stettin.


The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed at 02:01 hours into the Store Bælt off Drøsselbjerg Klint killing all onboard. Some sources claim that a crash landing was attempted on Drøsselbjerg Klint, but that the speed was too high and that the aircraft skidded in to the water.
 


 (Halskov Lokalarkiv)


 
Apparently the bodies of Sgt Michael J. Fitzgerald, Sgt Henry F.D. Lay and Sgt David F.R. Banks were all retrieved from the sea off Drøsselbjerg on 21/4 and laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on 24/4-1943.
 
On 27/4 the body of Sgt George W. Cole was found near Nakskov and laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on 1/5-1943.

On 5/5 F/Lt Davis J. Donaldson was found near Drøsselbjerg and laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on 7/5-1943.
 
On 13/5 Sgt Leonard Whyatt was found near Nakskov and laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on 14/5-1943.
 
On 18/5 the two last crew members, namely F/Lt Wilfred J. Parsons and P/O George H. Willis was found near Drøsselbejrg and laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on 21/5-1943.

 


 (Michael Aubrey)

F/Lt Wilfred J. Parsons

 


 (Halskov Lokalarkiv)

One of the landing gears seen in Halskov ready to be shipped off to Germany

 


 (Halskov Lokalarkiv)

The remains of the aircraft being shipped of to Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Sources: BS, RL 19/456, BCL, CWGC.

 

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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