Stirling III BF476 crash-landed at Kragelund Fælled North
of Vejle on 21/4 1943.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 10 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded LS-P.
T/O 22:30 Mildenhall OP: Rostock.
On the return flight from Rostock, BF476 was attacked by a German Bf 110 night
fighter from 10/NJG 3 controlled by the radar station Faun based on the Northern
part of Fyn.
It was piloted by Oberleutnant Hermann Müller with the crew of
Feldwebel Kostädt and Unteroffizier Witt.
The Stirling was hit seriously and Pilot F/Lt Charles S. Lyons had to do a
wheels up landing at 03:26 hours in a field belonging to Kristen Hansen on
During the landing the rear turret with the rear gunner in it was thrown clear
of the aircraft.
All survived the landing including the tail gunner Sgt Maurice C. Hugget who had
been wounded by a splinter in his right thigh during the aerial combat.
W/Op Sgt Richard P. Howland had been hit by a shot in one foot and had a slight
burn in the face. The rest of the crew who were all unhurt were Navigator Sgt
Janus R. Marshall, Air Bomber P/O Roy Lockwood, Air Gunner Sgt John Shaw and Flt
Engr Sgt Hugh W. Hipwell.
The airmen knocked on the door by Kristen Hansen’s farm and were let in. Doctor
Bense, Løsning was called to treat the wounds of the airmen.
After this the
airmen left the house to go and set fire to the aircraft. They opened the fuel
drains and fired a pistol a couple of times before it ignited and a fire
Six of the airmen left the farm and walked in a North Eastern
The wounded Sgt Howland stayed at the farm, and was later taken to
the hospital in Vejle by an ambulance.
After a short while Hugget had to give up
following his friends, and at 06:15 hours he was arrested by two Danish
policemen on the main road at Kragelund. They brought him to Doctor Bense in
Løsning where he was treated for his wounds and given a dose of Morphine. At
17:10 he was admitted into the Hospital for Vejle County and City.
The rest of
the crew sheltered in a barn when dawn came.
In the evening at 22:00 hours they
left and followed a course to the North until next morning, when they hid in a
barn belonging to a farmer in Vinten Kjær. At 13:30 they left their hiding and
approached the farmer and asked for food.
The farmer sent for the police, and
the airmen were arrested and brought to the police station in Horsens.
Hipwell, Marshall, Lyons, Shaw, Lockwood
hours a squad of Luftwaffe soldiers from Ry airfield arrived and the airmen were
handed over to the German officer in command.
(Via Erik Andersen)
Sources: Report Vejle police, LBUK, RL 19/455+456+472, AS 35-139.
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