Airwar over Denmark

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Halifax III NA201 attacked west of the city of Aabenraa 12/1 1945.


The aircraft belonged to RCAF (RAF) 429 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded AL-W.
T/o Leeming 17:19. OP: Gardening Flensburg Fjord. Landing 23:05


Piloted by F/L R.K. Mitchell it dropped mine as ordered at 54`52`18N 09`49`12E at 21:02:12 hrs from 15000 ft. Was at 21:08 attached by a JU 88 at 7000 ft at 55`01N 09`15E when homeward bound. Rear gunner P/O M.C.Hay saw orange light astern approaching rapidly. Corkscrew port was given and fighter broke away port level. Fighter came in again and rear gunner opened fire and gave corkscrew port.

When at the bottom of dive mid-upper gunner P/O N.J. Jodrell opened fire and fighter was seen to catch fire and dive through the cloud in flames. A large glow could be seen on the ground through the cloud.
Halifax III NA201 landed back at Leeming at 23:05 hours.

It is believed that the fighter was piloted by Oberfeldwebel Hans Schadowski of 3./NJG 3 who claimed a Halifax on the above position at 21:20 hours.

There was lost no German aircrafts on this night. The glow seen could well be mines exploding on the ground.



 
Sources: Nonnenmacher file, AIR 27/1854, AIR 27/1855.

 

Minelaying on the night of January 12/13 1945

Halifax MZ805 crashed in the sea east of the island of Langeland 12/1 1945

Halifax III NP947 crashed in Flensburg Fjord 12/1-1945

Halifax III NA201 attacked west of the city of Aabenraa 12/1 1945

Halifax III MZ812 crashed in the North Sea west of the island of Rømø 12/1 1945

Halifax III RG346 “attacked” west of the island of Rømø 12/1 1945

Halifax III NR173 crashed in the sea east of the island of Als 12/1 1945


 

 

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