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Halifax II HR940 crashed Kær Hesthave near Sønderborg
The aircraft belonged to RAF 51 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded kodet MH-?
T/o 22:56 Snaith. OP: Hamburg.
On its way towards the target HR940 was attacked and shot down by Oberleutnant
Günter Köderich operating JU 88 D5+AW of IV./NJG 3. The crew were Feldwebel
Walter Kramel and Feldwebel Walter Heidenreich. The Halifax crashed at Kær
Hesthave at 02:10. Two severely wounded flyers were by Danish policemen
retrieved from the burning wreck and taken to the hospital in Sønderborg.
The flyers were Sgt Thomas McLaughlin and W/Op-Air Gnr. Sgt Reginald E.
Livermore. McLaughlin perished on the same day at 13:30 hours while Livermore
died on 26/7 at 23:50. The remaining crew were found dead in the wreck.
While work was carried on in the wreck a bomb exploded at 02:25 hours killing a
German Oberfeldwebel and wounding a member of Kær Civil Air Defence.
The flyers were all laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on 29/7-1943. Apart from
McLaughlin and Livermore they were Pilot Sgt William J. Murray, Flt. Engr. Sgt
Douglas C. Ford, Air Bomber Sgt Ronald A. Fleming, Air Gnr. Sgt Harry Cousin and
Air Gnr. Sgt Bernard T. Walsh.
A memorial stone have been erected on the crash site.
Sources: AS 69-149, LBUK, CWGC, BA, BCL, RL 19/457.
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