Airwar over Denmark

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Wellington X HZ278 crashed Esbjerg on 29/4 1943.


The aircraft belonged to RCAF (RAF) 166 Sqn and was coded AS-N.
T/o 20:49 Kirmington OP : Gardening the Danish Belts.


The whole crew who were on their first operational mission belonged to RCAF. On the return flight HZ278 was reported coming at 200 meters altitude from north-east and was coned by "Scheinwerfer Bruno" and hit by Marine Flak at 01:04 hours and crashed in the sea 150 meters north of the fishing harbour 70 metres from the beach.

The flak was from Leichten flak "Femhøje West" (2./204), from the 3.7 cm zug "Saedding" (6./204) and the 2 cm Zug "Seehafen-Nord" (1./204). Also the 4./204 is mentioned in the German report.


 
  (RM 45 III 315 Freiburg)

 

 

 

 


Only the rear gunner Sgt. H.R. Fisher survived injured and was brought to the German Lazarett. After a while he was sent to Dulag Luft at Oberursel for interrogation. Here he stayed from 10/5 to 20/5-43. From Oberursel he was sent to Stalag Luft I Barth where he spent time from 20/5 to 6/9-1943. On 8/9 he was sent to Stalag VIIA Moosburg where he stayed for one day. On 11/9 he was transferred to Stalag IVB Mühlburg where he stayed until 29/10-43. During that time he changed identity with  RT.D.E.DeForest. He was then transferred to Stalag IIB Hammerstein. He stayed in Hammerstein from 30/10-43 to 28/7-44 during which time he managed to escape together with an American soldier named M.E.Adams. On 7/5 they were captured and returned to Stalag IIB where the German realized that he was the man he claimed to be. That earned him 21 days on bread and water. On On 30/7-44 he arrived in Stalag IVB Mühlberg an der Elbe where he stayed until 23/4-45.

 


                         (Via Finn Buch)

Pilot F/O Lawrence M. Clark



The rest of the crew who were Pilot F/O Lawrence M. Clark, Bomb Aimer P/O John A. Dalton, Navigator Sgt David E. Giles and W/Op F/Sgt Hugh A. MacEachen all died and were laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery, Esbjerg on 7/5-1943.

 


                   (Via Floyd Williston)

W/Op F/Sgt Hugh A. MacEachen

 


                      (Via Floyd Williston)


 


           (via Rudolf Clausen)

 


          (via Rudolf Clausen)

 


            (Peter Brokdorff)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: BE, BCL, LBUK, RL 19/455+456, AS 64-667, KT, OLCB, WO 344/108/2, RM 45 III 315 Freiburg.

 

Minelaying on the night of 28/29 April 1943

Lancaster I W4898 crashed in the southern part of Kattegat 29/4-1943

Stirling III BK807 crashed in Langelands Belt on 29/4 1943

Wellington X HE395 crashed at Over Jersdal on 29/4 1943

Stirling I BF447 shot down near Vrønding on 29/4 1943

Stirling III BF467 crashed in Langelands Belt near Kappel on 29/4 1943

Stirling III BF515 shot down by Taagerup on 29/4 1943

Wellington X HE170 tried to crash land near Bjerndrup 29/4 1943

Wellington X HZ278 crashed Esbjerg on 29/4 1943

Lancaster I W4945 crashed 29/4 1943 at Remmerstrand

Stirling I EF356 shot down near Aadum on 29/4 1943

Lancaster III ED733 crashed at Jordrup on 29/4-1943

Stirling I serial number R9290 crashed in the Langelandsbælt near Vesternæs of Lolland 29/4 1943


 

 

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