Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted

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Minelaying on the night of 28/29 April 1943.


207 aircrafts were dispatched for mine laying duties from Heligoland to the sea off Denmark including the Belts. Due to low clouds over Germany and Denmark the minelayers had to fly low to establish their position thus making them easy targets for the German flak. A total of 22 aircrafts was lost. This was the heaviest loss of aircraft while minelaying in the war, but the number of mines laid was the highest in one night.

“The Bomber Command War Diaries” by Middlebrook and Everitt”



Eleven of these aircrafts are confirmed to have crashed in the Danish area. It is known that more aircrafts crashed in the sea surrounding Denmark but since there have not been found enough to identify them by, they are not mentioned below.

 

Minelaying on the night of 28/29 April 1943:

Lancaster I W4898 crashed in the southern part of Kattegat 29/4-1943

Stirling III BK807 crashed in Langelands Belt on 29/4 1943

Wellington X HE395 crashed at Over Jersdal on 29/4 1943

Stirling I BF447 shot down near Vrønding on 29/4 1943

Stirling III BF467 crashed in Langelands Belt near Kappel on 29/4 1943

Stirling III BF515 shot down by Taagerup on 29/4 1943

Wellington X HE170 tried to crash land near Bjerndrup 29/4 1943

Wellington X HZ278 crashed Esbjerg on 29/4 1943

Lancaster I W4945 crashed 29/4 1943 at Remmerstrand

Stirling I EF356 shot down near Aadum on 29/4 1943

Lancaster III ED733 crashed at Jordrup on 29/4-1943

Stirling I serial number R9290 crashed in the Langelandsbælt near Vesternæs of Lolland 29/4 1943


 

 

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