Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Beaufighter X NE955 ditched in the North Sea 3/5-1945.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 144 Sqn. Coastal Command and was coded TFX-N.
T/O 16:50 Thornaby. OP: Anti Shipping in Kiel Bay.

The Beaufighter was hit by flak in one engine and on the return flight it had to ditch in the North Sea 60 miles west of Jylland.

Pilot W/O Philip Brett and Navigator W/O William G. Boorer managed to enter the aircraft`s dinghy and drifted around for four days. In the afternoon of 7/5 they were seen from the Danish fishing boat E 428 “Ella” of Esbjerg 35 miles west of Esbjerg. They were in a rather bad condition due to the long stay in the dinghy and after arrival in Esbjerg harbour in the morning of 8/5 they were taken to the Centralsygehuset hospital in Esbjerg.

At the hospital it became clear that apart from frost bites on their feet they would be all right after a rest.

Sources : AIR 27/983, Newspaper: Vestkysten.



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