Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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

The aircraft belonged to RAF 75 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded AA-P.
T/O 22:05 Newmarket. OP: Rostock.

Bf506 was attacked by a German Bf 110 night fighter piloted by Oberfeldwebel Mangelsdorf of 12./NJG 3 with the crew of Unteroffizier Plath and Unteroffizier Platz. At 03:00 it was reported on wireless to England that the Stirling was on fire, and shortly after it crashed in field belonging to Kresten Christensen in Bøgballe north of Vejle.




Above pictures from the crashsite via Vejle Byarkiv.


The funeral in Esbjerg Fovrfeld Cemetery on 30/4-1943


The Stirling exploded on impact killing all onboard. Luftwaffe soldiers from Rye airfield retrieved the dead bodies and brought them to Esbjerg, where they were laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery on April 30. These were the bodies of Pilot P/O Alan G. Tolley, Navigator F/S William H. Ellis, Air Bomber Sgt Frank W. Upton, Flt. Engr. Sgt Gerald A. R. Town, Air Gnr. Sgt Frederick J. Earle and Air Gnr. Sgt Ian C. Salt.

When the crash site was excavated another body was discovered on May 11. It was taken to Esbjerg via Vejle and laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery on May 18. This was W/Op-Air Gnr. F/Sgt Cyril T. Cobb RNZAF.



                    (Via Finn Buch)

F/Sgt Cyril T. Cobb


                   (Via Finn Buch)

Air Gnr. Sgt Ian C. Salt


                   (Via Finn Buch)

Pilot P/O Alan G. Tolley


         (Via Finn Buch)

Flt. Engr. Sgt Gerald A. R. Town


  (Lynne Truex, nee Ellis)

Navigator F/S William H. Ellis


  (Lynne Truex, nee Ellis)

Ellis and crew


Local people have set a memorial stone next to the crash site.











Sources: Report Vejle police, LBUK, BE, CWGC, JJ.



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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