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Halifax III MZ865 crashed in the Baltic Sea south of
Sweden 14/2 1945.
The aircraft belonged to RCAF (RAF) 429 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded AL-V.
T/o 18:03 Leeming. Op: Gardening in the Kadett Channel.
At 21:01 hours the Halifax was attacked by a German night fighter piloted by
Hauptmann Eduard Schröder of
1./ NJG 3 and crashed into the Baltic Sea about 8 kilometres off the Falsterbo
lighthouse killing all onboard.
Schröder had taken off from Fliegerhorst Grove in JU 88G-6 D5+AL at 20:09 hours
with the crew of Hessenmüller, Zeinert and Brunsendorf and landed back at Grove
again at 23:19 hours.
The bodies of Pilot F/Lt Ross C. Charlton and Flt. Engr. P/O Wolodemir Fedorchuk
were recovered from the sea west of Skanör by the Swedish navy and laid to rest
in Pålsjö cemetery at Hälsingborg.
Also Mid Upper Gunner Sgt Gordon L.J. Barnes rest in Hälsingborg.
Navigator F/O Robert A. Thorne was found on the Skanör beach and was laid to
rest in Malmö cemetery.
The body of W/Op F/O Keith W. Rainford was found washed ashore at Karlslunde
beach on the island of Sjælland on 28/5 and was laid to rest in Karlslunde
cemetery on 31/5 1945.
On 16/7 the dead body of Tail Gunner F/Sgt Stanley E. Bostwick was found washed
ashore near Vindeby on the island of Langeland and was laid to rest in Magleby
cemetery on 20/7 1945.
A Canadian Field Priest officiated at the graveside
Bomb Aimer P/O Robert J. McCallum has no known grave and is commemorated on the
It should be noted that in Swedish records it is claimed that the Halifax was
hit by Swedish flak.
Sources: MFS, BCL, Flugbuch Schröder, FAF, UA.
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