Wellington X HE395 crashed at Over Jersdal on 29/4 1943.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 196 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded ZO-?.
T/o 20:55 Leconfield. OP: Gardening Forget-me-not (Kiel bay)
Returning towards west over Denmark from the target area HE395 was picked up on
radar by “Amiese” radar on Løjtland.
The radar lead a Bf 110 nightfighter piloted by Leutnant Mees
Unteroffizier Ostheimer of 6./NJG 3 towards the Wellington.
HE395 caught fire
and crashed at 00:15 in a field 500-600 metres south of Over Jersdal and broke
completely up and burned.
The crew consisting of Pilot F/Lt Ian Numa Bonard, Navigator F/O John Joseph
Navigator Sgt Albert Robert Potter, W/op-Air Gnr. F/S Basil Arthur Curtis DFM and Air Gnr.
P/O John Ireland Pearson Ford all died and were laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on
It should be noticed that the night fighter pilot Leutnant Mees have mixed the
time for his two claims on this night in his report.
Sources: BCL, BA, CWGC, RL 19/455+456, AS 66-173, JJ.
Minelaying on the night of 28/29 April 1943
Lancaster I W4898 crashed in the
southern part of Kattegat
Stirling III BK807 crashed in Langelands Belt on
Wellington X HE395 crashed at Over Jersdal on 29/4
Stirling I BF447 shot down near Vrønding on 29/4
Stirling III BF467 crashed in Langelands Belt near
Kappel on 29/4 1943
Stirling III BF515 shot down by Taagerup on 29/4
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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