Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


1939-1940 Updated 12/2-23
1941 Updated 28/4-22
1942 Updated 17/8-23
1943 Updated 18/8-23
1944 Updated 24/11-23
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1940 New 30/11-23
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1942 Updated 27/10-23
1943 Updated 28/1-23
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Lancaster III ED818 crashed Vresen Ø 21/4-1943.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 12 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded PH-Y.
T/o Wickenby. OP : Stettin.

ED818 was hit by flak from III Zug I/lei 985 and crashed near Vresen Ø in the Store Bælt at 02:28 hours.



Sgt Wallace J Colwill, Sgt Peake and Sgt Rummery.

On 21/4 the dead body of Sgt Laurence A. Rummery was found 300 metres south of Langesand, Vresen and taken to Refsøre. On 23/4 the body was inspected by The Wehrmacht in Svendborg hospital and on 27/4 1943 it was transported to Odense where it was laid to rest on the same day.



Sqn Ldr J C Richards in his flying kit prior to the war

The body of the pilot Sqn/Ldr John C. Richards was retrieved from the sea off Samsø island and was brought to Fredericia on 24/4. It was laid to rest in Esbjerg cemetery on 30/4-1943 as an unknown airman.
In 1994 this was changed to “Believed to be Sqn. Ldr. John C. Richards” due to investigations done by a Danish team.


On 5/5 the body of P/O Robert P. Cryer was found 100 metres south of the wreck in the Store Bælt and taken to Nyborg where it was laid to rest in the cemetery.

The body of F/O Gordon F. Jones was found on the eastern side of the island of Vresen on 1/6 and handed over to the German Wehrmacht on 3/6. It was taken to Nyborg and laid to rest in Nyborg cemetery on 5/6-1943 at 07:30.

Nyborg Cemetery


Sgt Fergus T. Peake was found on the beach of Røsnæs near Kalundborg on 17/7 and was laid to rest in København Bispebjerg cemetery on 23/7-1943.

Air Gnr. Sgt Wallace J. Colwill and Flt. Engr. Sgt Harold Vivian Durrant have no known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.







Sources: FAF, BCL, LBUK, RL 19/455+456, AS 24-104.


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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