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


The aircraft belonged to RAF 61 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded QR-F
T/o 20:36 Syerston. OP: Gardening Verbena (Southern part of Øresund)


The circumstanced under which W4898 was lost is not known but it is believed that it crashed into the southern parts of the sea of Kattegat. The crew of seven died.

The body of Pilot W/O Michael de Beauchamp Collenette was found in the sea off the island of Anholt on 1/5. He was laid to rest in Frederikshavn cemetery on 6/5-1943.
 


                   (Via David Ingram)

Pilot W/O Michael de Beauchamp Collenette



Flt. Engr. Sgt J Normann was found near Helsingborg in Sweden and was laid to rest in Pålsjö cemetery.
 
On the morning of 19/5 the body of Navigator P/O Ian R. Robertson RAAF was found by a fisherman in a pound net in the Øresund 1000 metres northeast of Humlebæk. The Danish navy ship “Havkatten” took the body to Helsingør where it was placed in the chapel of the Øresunds hospital.
Robertson was laid to rest in Bispebjerg cemetery on 22/5-1943.

 


                         (Peter Gargett via David Ingram)

Navigator P/O Ian R. Robertson RAAF



Bomb aimer P/O Reginald D. Mix RCAF, Wop F/S Nathaniel R. Gyles RAAF, Rear gunner Sgt Franklyn G. Moore RCAF and Mid upper gunner Sgt Arthur W. Bond have no known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

 


                         (Via David Ingram)

Rear gunner Sgt Franklyn G. Moore RCAF

 


  

Mid upper gunner Sgt Arthur W. Bond




                                   (Via David Ingram)

Wop F/S Nathaniel R. Gyles RAAF (centre rear) meeting the Queen.

 


                                         (Via David Ingram)

From Nat Gyles Digitalised Records in The Australian National Arcives

 

 

 

 

Sources: CWGC, LBUK, AS 6-315, David Ingram.

 

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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