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Lancaster III JB707 crashed in the North Sea 29/7-1944.
The aircraft belonged to RCAF (RAF) 405 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded LQ-M.
T/O 22:48 Gransden Lodge. OP: Hamburg.
On this night Bomber Command lost 22 aircrafts on an attack on Hamburg. Ten of
these aircrafts crashed into the sea. Lancaster JB707 was one of those. The
whole crew perished.
Pilot F/O Elwood A. Townsend, Flt. Engr. Sgt Derek C. Carrott RAF, Navigator
F/O William C. Morrow, Air Bomber F/O Elwood C. Pomeroy, W/Op P/O Wendell P.
Drew and Air Gnr. W/C Charles Gray have no known grave and are commemorated on
the Runnymede Memorial.
On Thursday 28/6 1945 it was reported to the police in Ringkøbing that there had
been found graves in beach areas 1a, 2 and 6 near Bjerregrav. The three graves
were believed to hold allied soldiers and should be moved to Haurvig cemetery.
Upon request, the 9 year old boy Otto Christian Ottosen showed the grave to the
On the grave in beach area no. 6 was found a wooden cross with an inscription
saying: Colin John. Can-R 100467 Heigesetz am 7.10.44. It turned out to be the
body of Air Gnr. Colin J. Blyth whom the Germans had buried where it was found
washed ashore on 7/10 1944.
On 1/7-1945 Blyth was laid to rest in Haurvig cemetery together with the
soldiers found in beach area 1a and 2. They were Sgt F. W. Webster of RAF 138 Sqn
and Sgt Arthur Robson of RAF 582 Sqn.
(Via Ole Kraul)
The graves at Haurvig cemetery
Sources: Police report Ringkøbing, BCL, CWGC, BH.
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