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Stirling III EF154 shot down by flak near Hirsholmene on
The aircraft belonged to RAF 199 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded EX-V.
T/O 15:25 Lahenheath OP: Gardening Silverthorne (Kattegat)
The Stirling was flying at an altitude at 100 meters when it at 19:39 hours was
coned by the searchlight “Luzi” which were located on the island of Hirtsholm.
At the same time 5./M.A.A.509-Leicher Flakzug Hirsholm opened fire with their
two 20 mm flak guns.
The Stirling crashed in flames into the sea 1500 meter from Hirtsholmene in
The crew which consisted of Pilot F/S John A. Knowles MiD, Navigator 2.LT Carl
Carlson USAAF, Air bomber Sgt Charles S. Stockwell, W/Op Sgt Gordon S.
Cunningham, Flt Engr. Sgt Frederick W. Barrie, Air Gnr. Sgt Harry V. Dawe and
Air Gnr. Sgt Kenneth J. Robotham all died.
At 19:50 Hafenkäpitän (Harbour Commander) Frederikshavn sent a motor launch to
the crash site which was still illuminated by “Luzi”.
The launch found the dead bodies of Knowles, Carlson and Robotham and took them
to Frederikshavn. They were buried in Frederikshavn cemetery on December 8 1943
at 10:00 hours by Marine chaplain Bender.
After the war the remains of Carlson was moved to The American War cemetery in
The rest of the crew have no known graves and are commemorated on The Runnymede
Sources: LBUK, CWGC, BF, KT.
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