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B 24 GR8 KK259 crashed in the Sea of Kattegat 9/4 1945.


The aircraft belonged to RAF 206 Sqn. Coastal Command and was coded PQ-F.
T/o 20:20 Leuchars. OP: Anto submarine patrol


The aircraft last reported to base at 04:25 hours indicating flak damage. It is believed to have crashed in the Sea of Kattegat a few minutes later, with the loss of all onboard.

Navigator F/O John A.W. Heatlie was found washed ashore 300 metres west of “Spirbakken” near Skagen on 6/9 1945. He was laid to rest in Skagen cemetery on 8/9 1945 with Reverend S.P. Nabe-Nielsen officiating at the graveside ceremony.

Air Gnr. Sgt G A. Ellison was found washed ashore near Marstrand in Sweden and was initially buried at Marstrand cemetery. He now rest in Kviberg cemetery near Götheborg.

Pilot F/O Brian L. Howell, 2nd Pilot F/S Charles Tupman, Navigator F/l John E. McDonald, Navigator F/O Albert G. Stass, W/Op-Air Gnr. F/O William C. Milligan, W/Op-Air Gnr. F/O Keith W. Milne, W/Op-Air Gnr. W/O Fred Poole, W/Op-Air Gnr. F/S Michael Jerome, Air Gnr. Sgt Anthony W. A. Mason and Flt. Engr. F/S Anthony J. Barton have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.



In March 1996 a 7½ tonnes load of parts from the wreck was caught in a trawl at 57`35`57N 11`12`21E and brought to Skagen. When quite a bit of old trawls and steel wires had been cut away following items were found: A radio receiver, a artificial horizon, two main landing gears, three 0.50 calibre machine guns and pieces from a parachute as well as some heavily corroded parts of the wings.



Sources: Loss report KK259, FAF, Ib Lødsen.
 

 

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