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Lancaster I LL894 crashed in the North Sea 16/5-1944.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 625 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded CF-T.
T/O 22:02 Kelstern. OP: Gardening Kiel Bay.
Lancaster LL893 is believed to have been shot down by a night fighter operated
by Hauptmann Franz Buschmann of Stab IV./ NJG 3 at 01:53 hours and crashed into
the North Sea 60 kilometres WNW of Westerland/Sylt killing the whole crew.
The body of Flt Engr. Sgt Albert L. Dix was found washed ashore on the island of
Fanø on 14/6.
He was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 19/6-44.
Pilot P/O Robert E. Beadle, Navigator F/O William R. Merrall RCAF, Air Bomber
Sgt Harry R. Lawson RCAF, W/Op Sgt Edward Wilkinson, Air Gnr. Sgt James Potter
and Air Gnr. F/S Frederick N. McDonough RAAF have no known graves and are
commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
(John Reid via Ole Kraul)
Rear: McDonough, Lawson, Wilkinson, Dix
Front: Merrall, Beadle, Potter.
Sources: BCL, CWGC, BE, UA, TB.
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