Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


1939-1940 Updated 12/2-23
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Blenheim IV R3800 crashed in Limfjorden on 13/8-1940.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 82 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded UX-Z.
T/o 0840 Watton OP:Aalborg.

Trying to reach Aalborg West the aircraft was hit by flak from Flak Abt. 615, turned over on its back and crashed into Limfjorden near the island of Egholm. The pilot F/L T.E. Syms and the navigator Sgt. K.H. Wright both managed to get out of the aircraft and landed by parachute in Limfjorden not far from Aalborg West. Both were helped out of the water by German soldiers, Syms suffering from a broken ankle.

Air gunner Sgt Edward V. Turner died in the crash and was laid to rest in Vadum cemetery on 3/9 1940.

Syms was taken to the Kamillianerklinikken hospital in Aalborg while Wright on the next day with four more unwounded flyers was sent by JU 52 to an airfield near Hamburg. Here they were loaded unto a truck and driven to Dulag Luft Oberursel near Frankfurt. After interrogation he was sent to Stalag Luft I Barth and later on to Stalag Luft III Sagan and Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug to end up in Stalag 357 Fallingbostel.

After having stayed a while at the Kamillianerklinikken hospital Syms was sent to Dulag Luft in Oberursel for interrogation and on to Oflag IX A/H Schloss Spangenberg and later to Stalag Luft III Sagan.


R3800 going down


R3800 seconds later


One of the flyers being helped ashore


Sergeant Wright


               (Olaf Timmermann)


                    (Via Ole Rønnest)

Syms under guard awaiting transportation.


    (Ole Rønnest)

Air gunner Sgt Edward V. Turner, right. His brother to the left



Sources: Ole Rønnest, Aabybro, LBUK, RL, WD, OLCB.


Links to the other crashed aircrafts:

August 13 1940 attack on Aalborg West

Blenheim IV R1933 crashed in Restrup enge on 13/8-1940

Blenheim IV R3800 crashed in Limfjorden on 13/8-1940

Blenheim IV R2772 ditched in Limfjorden north of Egholm island on 13/8-1940

Blenheim IV R3821 crashed at Aalborg West on 13/8-1940

Blenheim IV R3829 crashed in Torpet Kær, Vadum on 13/8-1940

Blenheim IV R3904 crashed two km. east of Aabybro on 13/8-1940

Blenheim IV T1827 crashed two km. east of Kaas on 13/8-1940

Blenheim IV R3802 crashed two km. east of Kaas 13/8-1940

Blenheim IV T1934 crashed in Tranum dune plantation 13/8-1940

Blenheim IV R3913 crashed in Tranum dune plantation 13/8-1940

Blenheim IV T1889 crash landed near Vust 13/8-1940


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