Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


1939-1940 Updated 28/1-23
1941 Updated 28/4-22
1942 Updated 26/2-22
1943 Updated 28/1-23
1944 Updated 20/9-22
1945 Updated 4/12-22

1940 New - Updated 22/1-23
1941 New 23/7-21
1942 Updated 17/1-23
1943 Updated 28/1-23
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Beaufort I L9810 crashed in the North Sea on 21/6 1940.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 42 Sqn. Coastal Command and was coded AW-?.
T/O Wick 14:25 OP: Scharnhorst.

L9810 was attacked by two Bf 109s of II./JG 77 but managed to catch up with the formation. Suddenly the starboard landing gear dropped and an engine bust into flames and the aircraft crashed into the sea. All onboard died.

                 (Jill Price via Finn Buch)

Pilot F/O William Barrie-Smith

Pilot F/O William Barrie-Smith and Cpl. Frederick Dale have no known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial while Cpl. William J. Bates rests in Vor Frelser cemetery in Haugesund, Norway.

On the evening of 23 August 1940 the body of a British flyer was found washed ashore on Madsbøl beach by Receiver of Wrecks Rottbøl. The police was informed and Assistant Chief Constable Poulsen of the Thisted police arrived to make an report of the finding. This was quite uncomfortable as two mines were washed ashore next to the body. One mine on each side of the body. Both mines rolling forth and back because of the rather strong waves. Quite luckily nothing happened and the body was taken ashore. It was identified as Navigator P/O Murray A. Butler.

Butler was laid to rest in Hjardemål Klit cemetery on 27/8 1940.


English flyer
M. A. Butler
washed ashore 1940

He died so other
could live as free men.

We thank God for the
freedom of Denmark and
this flyer and his brothers
of arms for their contribution.
The people of Hjardemaal parish
set this memorial after the
liberation in 1945.



   (Dieter Friedrich)


   (Dieter Friedrich)

Vor Frelser cemetery in Haugesund, Norway.




Sources: FAF, CWGC, FB.


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