Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted

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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.

Near “Torbenfeldt” manor near Mørkøv on the island of Sjælland they attacked a car killing two Danes.

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.
 


                               (Via Helme)

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 III Sagan.


After the war Spreckles and Braham met and became close friends until Brahams death in 1974.
 


                                             (Spreckels)

Leutnant Robert Spreckels
 

 

Sources: LBUK, AS 62-526, AIR 37-16, “Scramble” by Braham.

 

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