Airwar over Denmark

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Stirling III EH955 crashed near Jenning 19/4-1944.


The aircraft belonged to RAF 75 Sqn and was coded AA-K.
T/o 20:41 Mepal OP: Gardening ”Forget me not” (Kiel Bay).


EH955 crashed near Jenning at 00:23 hrs after having been attacked by Lt Heilig of IV./NJG 3 while flying at 4500 metres west of Haderslev.
The empennage broke of the bomber in the air and fell near the farm “Brandenhof”, 1½ kilometre from the rest of the bomber which fell in a field belonging to farmer Thorkild Sørensen, Jenning.


 


    (David McFarland)

Stirling III EH955 when serving with C Flight 75 NZ Squadron.

 


                    (McFarland)

The above is a propaganda photo showing Murray and McFarland along with four other airmen.

Glen Marshall, Reg Gunn, Alf Newnham, Alan Bromley, Jim Murray, John McFarland
 

On the next day Air Gnr. Sgt Peter Woollam RAF was found dead laying in a field 700 metres north west of the wreck. He was laid to rest in Gram cemetery on 21/4 1944.

 


   (Richard Woollam)

 Air Gnr. Sgt Peter Woollam RAF

 


   (Richard Woollam)

 Air Gnr. Sgt Peter Woollam RAF

 


   (Richard Woollam)

 Air Gnr. Sgt Peter Woollam RAF



Rear Gnr. Sgt John Mulligan RCAF was found in the tail section. Flt. Engr. Sgt Hyman C. M. Kahler RAF and Pilot F/O Henry J. Murray RNZAF were found in the fuselage. They were all laid to rest in Gram cemetery at 05:00 hours on 25/4 1944.

 


       (Lauren Mulligan on behalf of her father Clifford Mulligan)

Rear Gnr. Sgt John (Jack) Mulligan RCAF

 


               (Via Finn Buch)

Flt. Engr. Sgt Hyman C. M. Kahler RAF

 


    (Mike Constantine)

Pilot F/O Henry J. Murray


 


                       (Via Ole Kraul)

Murray, Mcfarland, ?


Air Bomber Sgt Douglas John Hill RNZAF landed near the farm ”Lille Brandenhof” and walked over to a neighbouring farm “Haugaardlund” . When the lights were turned on in the stable, he entered the stable and addressed those working there. He was taken to the house where he was given breakfast. At 08:00 the Danish police was called and they in turn informed Leutnant Krüger of the Wehrmacht. Hill was captured shortly after. He had descended in his parachute hanging by his left foot and had injured his back and sprained an ankle when he landed. He was taken to Gram hospital for treatment. Later he was shown his dead comrades and asked to identify them. Afterwards he was sent to Dulag Luft in Oberursel near Frankfurt for questioning. He arrived on 20/4-1944 and stayed until 6/5-1944. Next he was sent to Stalag VI Heydekrug where he stayed from 12/5-1944 to July 1944. From there he was transferred to Stalag 357 Thorn where he spend July 1944. The to Stalag 357 Fallingbostel from August 1944 to April 1945.

Also W/Op F/Sgt Gordon James Irwin RNZAF parachuted to safety. He was arrested by the Danish police and handed over to the Wehrmacht. He was sent to Dulag Luft in Oberursel where he stayed from 21/4-1944 to 28/4-1944. After interrogation he was passed on to Stalag Luft III Sagan where he stayed from 30/4-1944 to 27/1-1945 when he was sent to Marlag near Bremen. He stayed from 5/2-1945 to 10/4-1945 when he was sent on a march to Trenthorst south of Lübeck where he stayed from 27/4-1945 to liberation on 2/5-1945.

 


    (Margaret Collins)

W/Op F/Sgt Gordon James Irwin RNZAF

 


    (Margaret Collins)

W/Op F/Sgt Gordon James Irwin RNZAF

 


    (Margaret Collins)

W/Op F/Sgt Gordon James Irwin RNZAF

 


Navigator Sgt John E.L. McFarland landed safely and managed to stay at large until the morning of 21/4 when he was arrested by the Danish police in Rangstrub mid way between Bevtoft and Agerskov and was handed over to the Wehrmacht. He was sent to Dulag Luft at Oberursel near Frankfurt where he stayed from 23/4-1944 to 29/4-1944 in solitary confinement. After questioning he was sent to Stalag Luft III Sagan where he stayed from 1/5-1944 to 27/1-1945. From 3/2-1945 to 10/4-1945 he spent time in MILAG MALAG NORD near Bremen.

 


   (David McFarland)

Navigator Sgt John E. L. McFarland

 

 

 

 

 

 



After the war a memorial stone was erected in a grove in Gram.

 



Sources: Report Toftlund police, LBUK, BCL, FAF, Hans Karl Tranberg Hansen, Tiset, WO 344/198/1.
 

 

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