Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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

The aircraft belonged to RAF 77 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded KN-K.
T/o 21:21 Elvington. Op: Stettin.

Homeward bound the Halifax was attacked by a German night fighter piloted by Hauptmann Baer of
4./ NJG 3, with the crew of Feldwebel Lingen and Oberfeldwebel Heise, and crashed at 03:21 hours on the southwest corner of Koresand southwest of Mandø island. This is a tidal area and for years the wreckage could be seen at 55.13.2N 08.28.3E at low tide. It has now disappeared in the sand and cannot be seen anymore.
The crew of seven perished and were laid to rest in Forvfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 30/4-1943.
Navigator Sgt. Andrew P. Deighton, Pilot Sgt. Robert Watson, Air Gnr. Sgt. Anthony Luke and W.Op. / Air Gnr. Sgt. Thomas Pearson were all brought to Esbjerg from the island of Mandø while Flt. Engr. Sgt. Robert C. Douglas and Air Gnr. Flt.Sgt. Raymond G. Hume were brought to Esbjerg from Ribe.
It is not known where Air Bomber Sgt. John B. Watt was found.


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









Sources: CWGC, LBUK, BCL, BE, 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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