Airwar over Denmark

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


The aircraft belonged to RAF 77 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded KN-X.
T/O Full Sutton 17:45. OP: Gardening Kiel Bay east of Eckernförde.

 
After having crossed the North Sea MZ812 was supposed to head for the village of Fynshav on the Danish island of Als from where it would head south towards the mouth of Eckernfürde Fjord where the garden was located.
It is believed that MZ812 in fact dropped its mines in the area and was the Halifax which Hauptman Eduard Schröder of 3./NJG 3 claimed in Plan Quadrat QR 36 west of the island of Rømø at 21:26 hours.
Schröder was flying a JU 88G-6 coded D5+AL with the crew of Hessenmüller, Zeinert and Brunsendorf. He operated from Fliegerhorst Grove where he had taken off at 20:11 hours and landed back again at 21:57 hours.
 
No trace have been found of Halifax MZ812

The crew which consisted of Pilot F/L Maewood P. Braund, Flt.Engr. George F. Rutherford, Navigator F/O Alec T. Hewett, Bomb Aimer F/O James A. Masheder, Wop Sgt L.F. Connell, Air Gnr. Sgt John Donaldson and Air Gnr. Sgt Denis Atkinson have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.




Sources: CWGC, AIR 27/1835, AIR 25/144, AIR14/2680, BC loss card, KT, Flugbuch Schröder, Nonnenmacher file.
 

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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