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Blenheim IV T1889 crashlanded near Vust 13/8-1940.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 82 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded UX-L
After bombing Aalborg West Pilot Sgt Oates managed to escape from the fighters
and headed west over the North sea. After a while he realised that he would not
be able to fly all the way to England due to low fuel level. Not wanting to
ditch the Blenheim it was decided to turn back to Denmark. When they reached the
coast the fighters showed up again and attacked the Blenheim.
Air gunner Sgt. T Graham
Pilot Sgt Oates
Navigator P/O R.M. Biden
Graham was nearly unhurt and looked around for a place to hide. After a short
while he returned and set alight some papers from the aircraft. A German truck
with soldiers arrived and took control. A little later Oates and Biden were
taken by ambulance to Fjerritslev hospital where Doctor Pedersen and his staff
took well care of them.
Oates stayed in Fjerritslev hospital until late October when he was moved to a field Lazarett in Schleswig-Holstein where he met with Bill Magrath of R2772. Oates was later moved to Stalag IXC Mühlhausen from where he was repatriated in October 1943.
Graham was taken to Aalborg West airfield and the next day he and four fellow
flyers were flown to an airfield near Hamburg by a Ju 52. Here they were loaded
onto a truck and taken to Dulag Luft in Oberursel for interrogation. Graham was
then sent to Stalag Luft I Barth and later to Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug to end up
in Stalag 357 Fallingbostel.
Johnny Oates laying in front of the aircraft
Germans searching the aircraft
T1889 being moved to Aalborg
Sources: Ole Rønnest, Aabybro, LBUK, WD, OLCB.
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