Halifax III MZ924 crashed in Smålandsfarvandet 14/2 1945.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 77 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded KN-D.
To 18:05 Full Sutton. Op: Gardening in the Kadett Channel.
It is believed that this aircraft was attacked at 21:45 hours by a Ju 88G-6
night fighter coded D5+AH piloted by Oberleutnant Herbert Koch of 1./NJG3 and
crashed into the Smålandsfarvandet Sea south of the island of Sjælland killing
the crew of seven.
The body of W/Op F/Sgt Maurice C. Eddleston was found washed ashore on the beach
near Guldborg F. on 10/4 and was laid to rest in Brarup cemetery on the island
of Falster on 13/4 1945.
Air Bomber F/O Arthur Wood was found at Aletrup beach near Brarup on the island
of Falster on 24/4 and was laid to rest in Brarup on 26/4 1945.
On 7/5 Navigator F/O James Ritchie was found washed ashore at Vesterhave beach
near Karrebæksminde on the
island of Sjælland and was laid to rest at Svinø cemetery on 11/5 1945.
Navigator F/O James Ritchie
(Via Finn Buch)
The funeral of Navigator F/O James Ritchie
Rear gunner Sgt Ronald E. Russell
Pilot F/Lt John P. Braund was found at Kobæk beach 2 kilometres from Skælskør on
the island of Sjælland on 14/5 1945 and was laid to rest in Skelskør cemetery on
the same day.
On the south western beach of the island of Bogø was found the body of Air Gnr.
Sgt Dennis S. Watson on 9/6. He was laid to rest in Bogø cemetery on 13/6 1945.
The body of Rear gunner Sgt Ronald E. Russell was found washed ashore on
Knudsodde on 14/6 1945 and was laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on 20/6 1945.
The last to be laid to rest was Flt. Engr. Sgt Raymond L. Leforte who on 23/7
was found washed ashore on the beach near Sortesø Beach Hotel on the island of
Falster. He was laid to rest in Stubbekøbing cemetery on 26/7 1945.
This stone on John Braund's grave commemorates both John Braund and his brother
Marwood Braund, whos aircraft was lost without trace on the night of 12-13/1
Sources: JJ, UA, Nonnenmacher file.
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