Airwar over Denmark

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Halifax II JD456 crashed in The Baltic Sea south of the island of Langeland 15/2 1944.


The aircraft belonged to RCAF (RAF) 419 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded VR-B.
T/o 17:04 Middleton St George. OP:Berlin.


JD456 is believed to have crashed into the Baltic Sea south of the islands of Langeland and Ærø. The crew of seven perished.
It could well be this aircraft which was reported to have crashed 12 miles south of Keldsnor lighthouse at 20:28 hours.

The body of P/O James L. Donald RCAF was found in the Baltic south of Keldsnor lighthouse by a fisherman on 17/2 and taken to Bagenkop harbour where the Wehrmacht picked it up. Donald was laid to rest in Magleby cemetery on 20/2 1944.

Sgt Harold T. Raine RCAF was found washed ashore on the beach just north of Mommark harbour on the island of Als in the late afternoon of 21/2. He was brought to the hospital in Sønderborg where he was handed over to the Wehrmacht. Raine was laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on 25/2 1944.

P/O Marc A.G. Fournier RCAF was found washed ashore near Rødbjerghavn Skov forrest near Rødslette on the island of Langeland. He was laid to rest in Magleby cemetery on 21/6 1944.

Pilot P/O John A. Parker, F/S Reginald N. Ross, F/O Frederick Hartnett and Sgt Dennis A. Hopper have no known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

 


                (Veterans Affairs Canada)

F/O Frederick Hartnett

 


             (Ralph Hopper) 

Sgt Dennis Albert Hopper

 


             (Ralph Hopper)

Sgt Dennis Albert Hopper

 

 

 

 



 

Sources: CWGC, LBUK, BA, FAF, UA.
 

 

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