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Stirling I W7635 crashed in the North Sea on 8/12-1942.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 15 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded LS-V.
T/O 16:42 Bourn. OP: Gardening Sweet Peas (The Baltic south east of Lolland –
It is believed that W7635 was attacked at 22:05 hours by Oberleutnant Hans Graf
of 4./NJG 3 west of the island of Rømø and crashed into the North Sea.
Pilot Sgt Jochemus J. Blignaut, Flt. Engr. Sgt Eric Bance, Navigator Sgt Francis
G. Crapp, W/Op Sgt Richard G. Oliver and Air Gnr. Sgt Robert Skelton have no
known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Air Gnr. F/Sgt Alfred T. Kelley RCAF was found drifted ashore on the island of
Rømø near Lakolk on 17/12 and was laid to rest in Kirkeby cemetery on 18/12-42.
Kelly hailed from Kansas City and had joined the Canadian Air force.
Air Bomber Sgt Henry C. Adkins was apparently brought in from the island of Rømø
and was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery, Esbjerg on 18/12-1942.
Sources: BCL, CWGC, UA, RL 19/454, BE, FAF.
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