Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Halifax II HR666 crashed in Store Bælt off Sprogø 14/9 1943.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 138 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded NF-E.
T/O 17:53 Tempsford. OP: SOE to FLAT 12 in Poland.

When passing over the Store Bælt HR666 was hit by flak from 1/1/lei. Flak Abteilung 985 based at Halskov Rev and crashed into the Store Bælt at 22:03 hours. It crashed between the Halskov Rev lightship and the island of Sprogø.
The German Kriegsmarine rescued three wounded crewmembers and took them to Korsør. One of them was Pilot P/O William H. James who died before reaching Korsor. He was laid to rest in Korsør cemetery on 16/9 1943.
The two other were Air Gnr. Sgt Thomas A. Payne RCAF and Flt. Engr. Donald H. White RCAF who were both taken to the German Fieldlazarett in Copenhagen. On Tuesday 21/9 one of them was sent to Dulag Luft in Oberursel near Frankfurt while the other followed after three weeks. After interrogation in Dulag Luft Payne was sent to Stalag Luft VI at Heydekrug and later on to Stalag 357 Thorn /Fallingbostel and White was sent to Stalag IVB Mühlberg a.d. Elbe.

On 26/9 the dead body of Wop Sgt Bernard A.D. Hunt was found near Halskov Rev and was laid to rest in Korsør cemetery on 28/9 1943.

On 25/10 the body of Air Gnr. Sgt Roy H.D. Bouttell was found near Hals and was laid to rest in Frederikshavn cemetery on 29/10 1943.

Navigator F/O Dennis B. Ireland rest in Kristiansand civil cemetery in Norway.

Navigator Sgt Jack E. Erwin has no known grave and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.





Sources: BCL, FAF, LBUK, T-501, CWGC, Police report, BF, UA, OLCB.


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