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Halifax V LL192 crashed in the Sea of Skagerak 8/5 1944
The aircraft belonged to RAF 138 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded NF-A.
T/o Tempsford. OP: Tablejam 46.
The Halifax set course for 56`58`42N 09`43`54E at Sønderholm heath about 6
kilometres east of Nibe where it should drop 12 containers and 2 packages to the
Danish resistance. After having dropped the load the return flight started.
At 02:19 the Halifax was intercepted and shot down into the North Sea
approximately 60 kilometres north of Thisted by Feldwebel Klaus Möller of 12./
NJG 3. All onboard the Halifax perished.
Pilot F/O Harcourt H. McMullan RAAF, Bomb Aimer F/O Kevin J. Murphy RCAF, Mid
upper gunner Sgt Angus A. Macpherson and Flt. Engr. Sgt Ronald Boffey have no
known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Navigator F/O Leslie F. Stannard was found washed ashore outside Tjärnö and laid
to rest at the local cemetery while W/Op Sgt Bernard Stynes was found washed
ashore south of Grebbestad both Sweden.
After the war they were both exhumed and
reburied at Kviberg cemetery, Göteborg, Sweden.
On 12/5 at 20:00 hours the body of Tail gunner Sgt Leslie L.J. Smith was
retrieved from the sea 2½ miles NNW of Hirtshals by the Danish fishing vesset
On 17/5 1944 Smith was laid to rest in Frederikshavn cemetery.
Sources: BCL, MFS, LW, BF, KF,AIR 20/8270, O. Nieman, Aalborg.
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