Airwar over Denmark

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Stirling III EF402 crashed near Galtho 28/9 1943.


The aircraft belonged to RAF 214 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded BU-E.
T/o 20:13 Chedburgh. OP: Hannover


The Stirling was hit by flak over Germany, and between Emden and Almelo in Holland the autopilot was selected on before the crew left the plane in parachutes. EF402 continued to fly until 00:55 hours when it crashed in a field near Galtho belonging to farmer Jens Jensen.
 
When the Germans were not able to find the crew, they behaved rather rudely to the local population, who, they were convinced, must have knowledge of where the crew hid.
 
For good reasons this did not help much.

The crew, who all were made POW`s in Holland were: F/S C. Brown, Sgt E.A. Harvey, F/S A.H.E. Bamsey, Sgt W.E.Warren, Sgt J.D.Musgrove, Sgt R.G.Bentley, Sgt T. Brennan.

All except Bentley were sent to Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug. Later they were sent to Stalag 357 Thorn/Fallingbostel except for Musgrove who went to Stalag Luft IV Gross Tychow.

Bentley was sent to Stalag IVB Mühlberg a.d.Elbe and later to Stalag Luft III Sagan.

 

Sources: BCL, OLCB, LBUK, RL 19/472, AS 63-237.
 

 

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