Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Stirling I W7634 crashed in the North Sea 1-2/10-1942.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 15 Squadron Bomber Command and was coded LS-G.
T/O 19:15 Bourn. OP: Lübeck


The crew were: Pilot F/O J.L. Meredith RNZAF, Flight engineer Sgt J. Buchanan, Navigator P/O J.H. Vincent, Air Bomber Sgt R. Booth, Wop Sgt H.E. Webber, A/G Sgt A.H. Hansford RCAF and A/G Sgt G. Stark.

12 aircrafts passed over Esbjerg on their way to the target between 20:56 hrs and 23:30 hrs and were fired at by flak. On 21:09 one of these was hit and smoke was seen to erupt from the plane when it flew away.

Stirling W7634 must have crashed into the North Sea as the body of Sergeant George Stark was found washed ashore on the Danish island of Rømø on 2/10-42. His body was taken to the German island of Sylt and buried at List cemetery.

In the summer of 1947 his remains were taken to Kiel War Cemetery, Germany where he was reburied on 9/7-1947and rests today.

The rest of the crew have no known graves and are commemorated at the Runnymede Memorial.




Sources: BCL, Rdl. U. Obdt. Via Finn Buch, CWGC, KTB Kommandant Dänische Westküste.





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