Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Stirling III KH948 crashed in Kiel Bay / Baltic Sea on 24/2 1944.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 75 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded AA-Q.
T/o 18:10 Mepal. OP: Gardening Forget me not (Kiel Bay)

Apparently KH948 was shot down by Major Helmut Lent of Stab / NJG 3 who that night claimed two four engine airplanes in the sea off Ærø Island / Langeland island at 21:37 and 2147 hours.

There were no survivors. Air Gnr. F/S Arthur H. Sawtell RAAF was found drifted ashore near Taksensand Lighthouse on the island of Als on July 4 1944. He was laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on July 5 1944.

The rest of the crew have no known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
They were Pilot F/S Harold H. Bruhns RNZAF, Navigator Sgt Eric A.Wilkes, Air Bomber Sgt Lauri L. Butler, W/Op Sgt Woolf J. Summers, Flt Engr. Sgt James H. Harry and Air Gnr. Sgt Robert E. Hall.



Sources: BA, LBUK, UA, TW, BCL, CWGC, RL 19/458.


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