Airwar over Denmark

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Lancaster III JA713 crashed in the sea of Kattegat off Tunø 4/9 1943.


The aircraft belonged to RAF 7 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded MG-V.
T/o 20:12 Oakington. OP: Berlin.


On the return flight JA713 was attacked by a night fighter and exploded in the air at 02:30 hours approxemately 1 kilometres south of the island of Tunø killing all onboard.

On 4/9 at 12:00 the body of Wop Sergeant Percy Barnsley was found in the sea off Norsminde and taken to the police station in Odder. He was later picked up by Luftwaffe personnel from Ry air field and brought to Esbjerg where he was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery on 8/9 1943.
 
The body of Navigator Flight Sergeant Edward Robinson was found in the sea off Norsminde on 15/9 at 10:30 hours by the fishing vessel AS 68 “Juliane” of Aarhus and brought to Aarhus where it was handed over to the German Wehrmacht. Robinson was laid to rest in Aarhus Vestre cemetery on 20/9 1943 at 08:00 hours.

 

 

 

 

 



On 24/9 the dead body of Pilot Flying Officer Anthony Crockford was found washed ashore at Sletterhage and was at 08:00 hours on 27/9 1943 laid to rest in Aarhus Vestre cemetery.

Flight Engineer Sergeant Henry Allen Eaton, Air Bomber Sergeant Gordon Vardy , Air Gunner Flight Sergeant Leroy Anwell Watson RAAF, Air Gunner Sergeant William Charles Luke Wood have no known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

 

 

 



 

Sources: UA, LBUK, FAF, BE, CWGC, AIR 27/100.

 

Night of the 3. and 4. September 1943

Lancaster III EE138 shot down 4/9-1943 near Stadil

Stirling III BK774 crashed in the North Sea / Skagerak 4/9-1943

Lancaster III W4988 crashed Larös North West of Helsingborg, Sweden 4/9 1943

Lancaster III JA713 crashed in the sea of Kattegat off Tunø 4/9 1943


 

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