Mosquito FBVI LR373 crash landed near Hauervig 25/6-1944
The aircraft belonged to RAF 21 Sqn. Fighter Command and was coded YH-A.
T/o Gravesend OP: Intruder to Barth.
The flight to Barth would take the Mosquito over Denmark and when it crossed the
Danish westcoast it was observer by two German ships. The Mosquito continued
east over the islands of Fyn and Sjælland and then turned south over Møn towards
the Germany coast. There was not a cloud in the sky and Pilot W/Cdr John
R.D. Braham decided that it would be too risky to continue and Navigator F/Lt Don
Walsh gave him a course bach to England via Sjælland and Fyn.
manor near Mørkøv on the island of Sjælland they attacked a car killing two
When over Jylland they were attacked by two Fw 190 fighters from 10./ JG
11 based at Aalborg Ost.
Near the Danish Westcoast Leutnant Robert Spreckles managed to damage the
Mosquito and at 12:45 Braham belly landed it in the sea 10 metres from the shore
at Holmsland Klit near Hauervig.
Walsh and Braham left it in a hurry bieng afraid of getting machine gunned by
the fighters when they made a low pass.
Pilot W/Cdr John R. D. Braham (right) with F/Lt Gregory.
Shortly after the English flyers were
made POW`s by the local German post. They were taken to Esbjerg airfield to be
quistioned before they were sent to Dulag Luft near Frankfurt for further
quistioning. Here they meet with Spreckles. Later they were sent to Stalag Luft
After the war Spreckles and Braham met and became close friends until Brahams
death in 1974.
Leutnant Robert Spreckels
Sources: LBUK, AS 62-526, AIR 37-16, “Scramble” by Braham.
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