Airwar over Denmark

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Lancaster III JA972 crashed in the North Sea off Holland 4/10-1943.


The aircraft belonged to RAF 83 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded OL-D.
T/O 18:55 Wyton. OP: Kassel.


The Lancaster was approaching the Isle of Vlieland. There the Flak batteries plotted the aircraft in Western direction between 21.13 and 21.14 hrs local time and the guns opened fire with 32 x 10,5 cm Sprng Patr L44. After this burst the Lancaster started burning and turned towards the South West. Through the clouds the glow of the Lancaster was clearly visible. Just after it had dropped its incendiary bomb load, it exploded into four pieces. The wreckage crashed in the sea at 21.17 hrs just between beach poles 21 and 22 on the island of Texel killing the crew of seven.

Pilot S/L John E. R. Hayter DFC, W/Op John K. Prudhoe and Air Gnr. F/O A lbert J. Ellis RCAF rest in Texel General Cemetery, Holland.
 
Flt. Engr. F/S Garth S. Taylor RCAF rest in Westerschelling General Cemetery, Holland.
 
Navigator F/L Frank C. Webb DFM and Air Bomber F/S George J.T. Horton have no known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

The dead body of Air Gnr. F/L Frank R. Heeley was found washed ashore on Meyers sand near Sønderho on the island of Fanø on 31/12 1943 and was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery on 4/1 1944.

 


                                   (Via Henry Pedersen)

Pilot S/L John E. R. Hayter DFC


                     (Jan Nieuwenhuis)

 


                             (Via Henry Pedersen)

Navigator F/L Frank C. Webb DFM

 


                      (Via Henry Pedersen)

Air Gnr. F/L Frank R. Heeley

 

 

 


   (Scott Macewen via Willem de Jong)

Flt. Engr. F/S Garth S. Taylor RCAF

 


            (Willem de Jong)

Flt. Engr. F/S Garth S. Taylor RCAF grave

 


      (Jan Nieuwenhuis)

 


      (Jan Nieuwenhuis)

 


 

Sources: BE, BCL, CWGC, UA, Hans Nauta, Holland.
 

 

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