Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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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 Police. 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.


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The graves at Haurvig cemetery






Sources: Police report Ringkøbing, BCL, CWGC, BH.



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