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Stirling III LJ526 crashed Øster Skerninge  23/4-1944


The aircraft belonged to RAF 149 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded OJ-P.
T/O 20:42 Lakenheath. OP: Gardening Radish (Fehmern Belt).


LJ526 was attacked by a German nightfighter believed to have been piloted by Oberleutnant Herbert Koch of 12./NJG 3 and crashed in a field belonging to “Hovgaarden” farm near Øster Skjerninge on the island of Fyn at 23:15 hours.
 


                                  (Via Finn Buch)

 


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The whole crew which consisted of Pilot F/L Reginald J. Freeman, Navigator Sgt David Hughes, Air Bomber F/S John M. Ronahan, Flt. Engr. Sgt Alan R. Redfearn, W/OP F/S Raymond T. Walker, Air Gnr. Sgt Roderick H. Cameron and Air Gnr. Sgt Jack L. Stean died.
 


                                   (Via Finn Buch)

Rear: Cameron, Redfearn, Walker, Stean
Front: Hughes, Freeman, Downing

Downing was not on this trip
 


                        (Via Finn Buch)

Crew

 


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Air Gnr. Sgt Roderick H. Cameron

 


                         (Via Finn Buch)

W/OP F/S Raymond T. Walker


On 24/4 at 09:00 it was reported from the Civil Air Defence in Svendborg thet five bodies had be found as well as a mine. The next day it was reported the the Wehrmacht had defused and removed a total of five mines. On 8/5 it was reported that the body of yet a flyer had been found during escavation of the wreck.

The Wehrmacht buried the bodies on the grounds of the “Dragonkasernen” barracks in Svendborg.

After the war their remains were disinterred as well as those of two flyers who had crashed in the sea off Vornæs on 15/2 1944 and a Danish resistance fighter.
 


                             (Via Finn Buch)

 


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On 17/5 1945 they were transferred to Svendborg cemetery where they rest today.

 


                             (Geraldine Chase)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sources: LBUK, Fyns Amts Avis (Newspaper), CWGC, FAF, FB.

 

23/24 April 1944

Stirling III LJ526 crashed Øster Skerninge  23/4-1944

Halifax V LL235 crashed in the sea off Traner Odde 23/4-1944

Stirling III EF137 crashed near Vemmenæs east of the island of Tåsinge 23/4-1944

Halifax II HX151 crashed in the sea east of Omø island 23/4 1944

Halifax II LW270 crashed near Hjelm on the island of Lolland 23/4 1944

 

 

 

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