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Halifax III MZ342 crashed in the North Sea 9/2-1945.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 192 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded DT-B.
T/O 19:41 Flulsham. OP: Bomber Support to Stettin.
While on the return flight it collided at 01:20 hours with Lancaster PD376 of
RAF 625 Sqn at 2000 ft. There was no serious damage to the Lancaster, but MZ342
crashed into the North Sea on position 56`17N 07`48E killing all on board.
Pilot F/Sgt Brian L. Butler, Navigator P/O David P.M. Finnigan, W/Op Sgt Robert
D. Mitcheson, Mid upper gunner Air Gnr. Sgt Evan A.E. Tucker, Flt Engr. Sgt
Kenneth G. Cheshire and Special Operator F/O Noel Burrows have no known grave
and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
The body of Air Bomber F/Sgt Douglas W. Webb was found washed ashore near
Haurvig on 21/2-46 and was laid to rest in Fovrfeld cemetery in Esbjerg on
The remains of Rear gunner Sgt Brian F. Woods was found washed ashore in Beach
area 24 at Åberg Forstrand on 21/8-45. He was laid to rest in Husby cemetery on
(Maryanne Butler via Finn Buch)
Pilot F/Sgt Brian L. Butler
Rear gunner Sgt Brian F. Woods
Air Bomber F/Sgt Douglas W. Webb
Sources: Police report, CWGC, FAF, OK.
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