Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


1939-1940 Updated 12/2-23
1941 Updated 28/4-22
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Blenheim IV R3829 crashed in Torpet Kær, Vadum on 13/8-1940.

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

R3829 was hit by shells during the bomb run and just after having released its bombs a fire broke out. Pilot S/Ldr. Rusty Wardell severely burned in his face and on his hands and he ordered his crew to bale out and jumped himself. One of the crew members managed to get out but was caught by the tail of the aircraft and died when it hit the ground, while the other died inside the aircraft.
The plane crashed at Torpet Kær, one km. north east of Vadum.

Air gunner Sgt Thomas E. Girvan and Observer F/Sgt George P. Moore were laid to rest in Vadum cemetery on 16/8 1940.

Wardell was taken to the Kamillianerklinikken hospital in Aalborg for treatment. After a while he was sent to Germany and Offlag IX A/H Schloss Spangenberg. Later he was moved to Stalag VIB Mauveerssen bei Meppen, Stalag XXIB Turs to end up in Stalag Luft III Sagan.


             (Carsten Petersen)

Pilot S/Ldr. Rusty Wardell after capture


Wardell is treated for burns on his left arm by German medicals at the Kamilianerklinikken Lazarett in Aalborg.


             (Carsten Petersen)


             (Carsten Petersen)


             (Carsten Petersen)


             (Carsten Petersen)


              (Carsten Petersen)



The sad remains of R3829


 (Lindhardt via Knudsen/Rønnest)



           (Ole Rønnest)

Air gunner Sgt Thomas E. Girvan. ( left)




Sources: Ole Rønnest, Aabybro, LBUK, 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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