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Stirling IV PK229 crashed in The North Sea on the night of 11-12/4 1945.


The aircraft belonged to RAF 299 Sqn. 38 Group Fighter Command and was coded W9-P.
T/O 21:33 Shephards Grove. OP: SOE mission Tablejam 149 (West of Fjerritslev)


Nothing was heard from the Stirling after take off.
The body of Pilot F/Lt William R. F. Curry was found washed ashore on the beach just south of the outlet of Liver Å River near Tornby on 7/6 and was laid to rest in Tornby cemetery on 9/6 1945. Reverend Aksel Jacobsen officiated at the graveside ceremony and a detachment of British soldiers formed a guard of honor.

Navigator F/Sgt Frank Cairns was found washed ashore at Røjensø Odde, Helligsø Strand beach on 9/6 and was taken to the barn of Reciever of Wrecks Hausmøller in Helligsø and placed in a coffin.
On 12/6 1945 he was laid to rest in Helligsø cemetery. Reverend K. N. Refshauge officiated at the graveside ceremony and a detachment from the resistance formed a guard of honor. The church was not big enough to accommodate the number of people attending.

F/O K W.T. Rigby, F/S S N. Hunsdon, Sgt R F. Sheen and Sgt S E. Jones have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.



Sources: FAF, Stirling File, Report on the inspection of the body of Cairns by a medical officer, Bruno LeCaplain.

 

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