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Halifax BIII MZ899 crashed in the Baltic Sea southwest of the island of
Langeland 17/8 1944.
The aircraft belonged to RCAF (RAF) 433 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded BM-D.
T/o Skipton On Swale 21:34. OP: Gardening Kiel Bay.
MZ899 is believed to have been claimed by a German night fighter and to have
crashed in the sea south or southwest of the island of Langeland killing all
It should be noted that Oberleutnant Fritz Brinkmann of 8./NJG 3 claimed a Four-engined
bomber NNE of Kiel at 00:06 hours while Oberfeldwebel Martin Kramer of Stab./NJG
3 claimed a Four-Engined bomber SE of Kiel at 00:15 hours.
Pilot P/O Joseph G.M. Savard was found washed ashore by Aagab 1 kilometre north
of Bagenkop in Magleby parish on the island of Langeland on 8/9. The body was
handed over to the Wehrmacht in Rudkøbing and was laid to rest in Magleby
cemetery on 12/9 1944.
Air Gnr. P/O Maurice E. Fairall was washed ashore on the island of Bogø 5/10 and
was laid to rest in Bogø cemetery on 11/10 1944.
On 17/9 the body of Wop/ Air Gnr. P/O Bernard Bercuson was found near Lindelse
on the island of Langeland and was laid to rest in Magleby cemetery on 19/9
Flt. Engr. Sgt George H. Lilley RAF was found washed ashore at Asserballeskov on
the island of Als on 17/9. He was laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on 19/9
Today Navigator F/O Henry Grimble rest in Kiel War Cemetery while Bombaimer F/O
Joseph H. Baillargeon and Bombaimer Sgt Alfred W.J. Drennan have no known grave
and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Kiel War Cemetery
Sources: LBUK, FAF, LW, They shall grow not old” by Allison/Hayward, BA, CWGC.
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