Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


1939-1940 Updated 12/6-24
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Lancaster III ED620 crashed near Stadil 20/4-1943.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 49 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded EA-K.
T/o 21:47 Fiskerton. Op: Stettin.

Outbound when crossing the Danish west coast north of Ringkøbing ED620 was fired at by flak from the radar position Ringelnatter and 5./H.K.B.180 and was hit in the left hand wing which caught fire.

At 23:35 the pilot Sgt Adam Anderson crash landed the aircraft close to Stadil church ending up in a water filled channel to the north east of the church.


                                            (Bent Bogø Anthonisen)

The sad remains of ED620

Flt. Engr. Sgt. Adam Telfer, Air Bomber Sgt. William A. Cook and W.Op / Air Gnr. Sgt. Gordon J. Evans were found death by the aircraft while Anderson badly wounded was taken to the hospital in Ringkøbing where he perished two hours after being admitted.
They were all laid to rest in Lemvig cemetery on 24/4-1943.


                        (Via Finn Buch)

William A. Cook


            (Carsten Petersen)


            (Carsten Petersen)


            (Carsten Petersen)

The funeral in Lemvig

The three remaining crew members were all wounded and were brought to Ringkøbing hospital for treatment.
The rear gunner Sgt George Barclay suffered from a broken arm and leg and possible damage to his spine. Air Gnr. Sgt Jim Heyworth suffered from burns while Navigator Sgt George Boulton suffered badly from a bullet wound in the leg and from five fractures to his lower jaw. It was found necessary to amputate the leg and a Jaw specialist and a dentist was brought in from Aarhus to treat the jaw.

On the next morning the German Stabsarzt und Truppenartz Podnik from the Rom airfield showed up and took Barcley and Heyworth with him to the Luftwaffen Lazarett in Aarhus.
Later they were sent to Germany and the POW camps. Barclay was sent to Stalag IXcMühlhausen, Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug and to Stalag 357 Thorn/Fallingbostel while Heyworth was sent to Stalag Luft I Barth,Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug and Stalag Luft IV Gross Tychow.

On 10/5 the Wehrmacht ordered Boulton taken by ambulance to Herning where he was placed on a stretcher in a railway wagon and taken to the German Lazarett in Aarhus. After a while he was sent to Germany and various hospitals and on to Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug where he was forced to walk two or three miles to the camp from the railway station despite the fact that he had one leg amputated above the knee. On 13/5-1944 he was repatriated back to England because of his wounds.


                       (Stuart Forsyth)

Sgt George Boulton







Sources: Police report, LBUK, RL 19/455+456, BCL, CWGC, AIR 27/481, AIR 20/9162, FO 916/526-WO 309/80 from PRO, UA.


The night of 20/21 April 1943

Halifax II JB930 crash landed near Esbjerg 20/4-1943

Lancaster III ED620 crashed near Stadil 20/4-1943

Lancaster III ED614 crashed Vester Vedsted 21/4-1943

Unknown Lancaster crashed Strandgården farm, Halskov 21/4-1943

Stirling III BK714 crashed Tarp, Esbjerg 21/4-1943

Stirling III BF508 crashed in Fænøsund on 21/4 1943

Halifax II DT747 crashed Hjertingvej road in Sædding, Esbjerg 21/4-1943

Lancaster III ED557 believed crashed Store Bælt 21/4-1943

Stirling I R9261 crashed by Kongsmark on 21/41943

Halifax II HR722 crashed Store Bælt off Drøsselbjerg Klint 21/4-1943

Halifax II HR712 crashed Store Bælt near Slipshavn 21/4-1943

Stirling III BF463 crashed in Store Bælt off Halskov on 21/4 1943

Lancaster III ED818 crashed Vresen Ø 21/4-1943

Stirling III BF506 shot down by Bøgballe on 21/4 1943

Lancaster I W4330 crashed Vestbirk 21/4-1943

Halifax II HR714 crashed in the tidal area off the island of Mandø 21/4 1943.

Stirling III BK698 shot down over The North Sea on 21/4 1943

Stirling III BF476 crash-landed at Kragelund Fælled North of Vejle on 21/4 1943

Lancaster ED709 crashed Ringkøbing Fjord 21/4 1943



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