Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Lancaster I W4187 crashed on Skallingen on 1/10-1942.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 44 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded KM-S.
T/O 18:00. OP: Wismar.

Outbound W4187 was coned by a 150 cm searchlight from 4./Batt.M.Flak.A.204 when approaching Skallingen. When trying to escape the light it hit the ground and exploded at 21:19 hours approx. two kilometres north of the searchlight position.
The crew of seven died and were laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery, Esbjerg on 7/10-1942. They were Pilot F/O James D.V.S. Stephens, Flt. Engr. Sgt Norman E. Dowden, Observer F/O John E. Tate, Air Bomber F/Sgt P. Hereford, W/Op Sgt. Robert E.W. Williamson, Air Gnr. F/Sgt Charles G. Nugent and Rear Gnr. F/Sgt Herbert R. Rowe. They were placed in six graves and only after the war identified as being a crew of seven.








Sources: RL 19/454+455, KT, LBUK, EB, BCL.


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