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Stirling III EF505 crashed on the island of Rømø
The aircraft belonged to RAF 199 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded EX-R.
T/o 18:46 Lakenheath. OP: Gardening Kiel bay.
Upon approaching the island of Rømø Stirling EF505 was attacked by a German
night fighter believed to have been piloted by Feldwebel Möller of IV./NJG 3.
While trying to get away the mines were dropped but to no avail.
At 22:30 hours
the Stirling crashed in shallow water at Juvre Sande at the north end of the
island of Rømø killing all onboard. The remains of the crew were retrieved from
the wreck by farmer Hans Petersen and the local police constable. Two of the
crew were found in the wreckage and others was scattered around it.
On 3/2 what
was believed to be five flyers were laid to rest in Kirkeby cemetery. Army
Chaplain Bukin from Sild officiated at the graveside ceremony.
The mines which had been dropped were found standing up between the village of
Juvre and the beach.
In 1946 the remains were identified as those of Pilot P/O Charles Clifton, Flt.
Engr. Sgt Leslie G. Rush, Navigator P/O Thomas E. Ord, Air Bomber F/Sgt Albert
E. Sealy RCAF, W/Op-Air Gnr. Sgt Walter Newman and Air Gnr. Sgt Andrew Johnston.
The dead body of Air Gnr. Sgt Cyril Atherton was washed ashore near Vester
Vedsted on 10/2 and was laid to rest in Fourfelt cemetery on 11/2 1944.
Flt. Engr. Sgt Leslie G. Rush
Sources : RL 19/458, BCL, BE, KK, LBUK, AS 71-266+70-362, CWGC.
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