Stirling III BK714 crashed Tarp, Esbjerg 21/4-1943.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 149 Sqn. and was coded OJ-L.
T/o 22:08 Lakenheath. Op: Rostock.
When crossing the Danish coast near Esbjerg the Stirling was caught by search
lights. While trying to escape these BK714 flew too low and suddenly “landed” in
a field in Tarp at 00:20 hours.
When the Stirling hit the ground the nose turret was ripped off and came under
the aircraft killing the observer Sgt Eric Lewis.
Parker, Bert Dowie, George Carter, Eric
Lewis, "Kipper" Herring, Howell
The crew had however been extremely lucky since they had “landed” across the
tank ditches and minefields surrounding Esbjerg airfield. Pilot S/Ldr T. L. Howell,
Navigator Sgt. F. L. Parker, W.Opr. Sgt A. Dowie, Engineer Sgt. G.W. Herring, Mid
upper gunner Pilot Officer G. Winston and rear gunner Sgt. G.A.C. Carter was
made POW`s as soon as they left the aircraft due to having “landed” next to
German soldiers guarding the airfield.
Pilot S/Ldr T. L. Howell
The crew were taken to the guardroom in the airfield and kept there until they
could be sent to Dulag Luft in Oberursel for interrogation.
From there Howell and Winston were sent to Stalag Luft III Sagan while the rest
were sent to Stalag Luft I Barth and on to Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug.
Later Parker, Herring and Carter were sent to Stalag 357 Thorn/Fallingbostel
while Dowie ended up in Stalag Luft IV Gross Tychow.
Lewis was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 30/4-1943.
“The claim” was awarded II+III./lei.Flak abt.742 and V./2.lei.Flakabt.844 and
Alarmflakbatt. II/XI (L).
Sources: LBUK, Howell, Carter, RL 19/472, CWGC, BE,
The night of 20/21 April 1943
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