Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted

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Lancaster I W4330 crashed Vestbirk 21/4-1943.


The aircraft belonged to RAAF (RAF) 460 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded UV-H.
T/o 21:39 Breighton OP : Stettin


While returning from Stettin W4330 was picked up on radar while over Denmark and attacked by a German JU 88 night fighter from 12./NJG 3piloted by Oberleutnant Helt with the crew of Unteroffizier Reinhold and Oberfeldwebel Hübner. They operated from Grove and were controlled by the radar "ADLER".
 
The Lancaster caught fire and at 03:12 it hit the ground near Vestbirk in a field belonging to Farmer Mrs. Anna Skovbølling and exploded on impact killing the crew of seven.
The crash was reported to the Danish police at 03:45 and they secured the area.

 


                    (Via Ole Kraul)




On 05:20 the German commander of Ry airfield Major van Stetten arrived with a platoon of soldiers and took over the guard duty.

The crew consisting of Pilot F/Sgt Kenneth James RAAF, F/Sgt Brian Finnane RAAF, F/Sgt Bruce H. Harvey RAAF, F/O Edward A. Mahoney RAAF, Sgt William D. Mayoh, F/Sgt Bruce M. Muir RAAF and Sgt Ben Smith were all laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 30/4-1943.

 

At the funeral in Esbjerg Fovrfeld on 30/4-1943.

 

Finnane
 

Harvey
 

James

 


              (Via Ole Kraul)

From left to right: F/Sgt Bruce M. Muir RAAF, Sgt William D. Mayoh, F/Sgt Brian Finnane RAAF, Pilot F/Sgt Kenneth James RAAF

 F/Sgt Bruce H. Harvey RAAF, sitting down

 

 


                           (Ib Lødsen)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: LBUK,RL 19/455+456, BE, Report Voer & Nim police, Dr.Theo Boiten, 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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