Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Lancaster III JA691 crashed Barsmark 18/8-1943.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 49 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded EA-L.
T/o 21:46 Fiskerton. OP: Peenemünde.

On the returnflight JA691 was picked up by the radar of a Bf 110 night fighter of 2. / NJG 3 operated by Oberleutnant Hans Meisner and Funker Josef Krinner.

Oberleutnant Hans Meisner

Krinner was just reporting the claim of JA851 til Jagel when the radar picked up JA691 at 3700 metre altitude.

Meissner approached the Lancaster low from behind to a distance of 50 metres from which he opened fire. At 03:01 hours the Lancaster exploded in the air over Torshøj and fell burning to the ground.

                               (Krinner via Brookes homepage)

The wreckage

All onboard died and were laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on 21/8 1943.
They were: Pilot F/O Harry J. Randall, Flt. Engr. Sgt Leslie J. Henley, Navigator Sgt Leslie F. Freeman, Air Bomber Sgt William J. Stiles, Air Gnr. Sgt Reginal Fowlston, Air Gnr. Sgt Norman W. Buchanan RAAF and Air Gnr. Sgt Robert W. Slaughter.

                                                   (Malcolm Brookes homepage)

Left to right: Buchanan, Freeman, Slaughter, Randall, Stiles, Henley, Fowlston.

A memorial stone have been erected where the biggest part of the aircraft fell.










Sources: CWGC, BCL, BA, LBUK, AS 69-176, Jørgen Helme, TW.


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