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Halifax II JP202 crashed in the North Sea off Nymindegab
The aircraft belonged to RCAF (RAF) 419 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded VR-T.
T/O 20:27 Middleton. OP: Gardening Faxe Bay.
On this night RAF lost two aircrafts in the sea off Denmark. They were Halifax
JP202 of 419 Sqn and Stirling LJ504 of 149 Sqn. which was lost without trace.
Flak Batt. Gammelby near Esbjerg claimed a aircraft which fell 10 kilometres
west of the southern point of the island of Fanø at 00:33 hours and Flakbatt.
2./902(E) at Nymindegab claimed a aircraft which crashed in the sea at 01:10
Leutnant Heilig of IV/NJG 3 claimed that he shot down a Stirling in Planquadrat
QR 45 (West of the island of Rømø) at 00:46 hours
Based on this it is believed that Halifax JP202 crashed in the North Sea off
Nymindegab at 01:10 hours.
On 17/8 the body of Pilot P/O Joseph D. Quinn was found washed ashore on the
beach near Henne and was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 21/8
On 19/8 at 19:00 hours the Danish police was informed by Mr. Nielsen, Kryle that
the body of a English flyer had been washed ashore near the German “Stützpunkt
Kryle” north west of Ringkøbing.
Two police constables were sent to investigate and addressed the soldier in
charge at the “Schriebstube” at Kryle and Obergefreiter Müller informed the
constables that the body had been placed in a coffin and would be buried on the
very same evening due to the high summer temperatures.
The body carried a Mae West as well as a parachute and was dressed in trousers
and a white sweater.
In a pocket was found a receipt from “Midland Bank”: R.51.615, 22/2-1944. Sgt
M.J. Petrina, Roycanjab, London. Canadian Overseas Postal Depot, RCAF Section.
Flt. Engr. F/Sgt Michael J. Petrina was laid to rest in Nysogn cemetery near
Kloster at 22:00 hours.
The rest of the crew which were Navigator WO2 Ernest J. Gares, Air Bomber F/O
Desmond L. Lewis-Watts RAF, W/Op F/S Frederick J.N. Hickson, Air Gnr. Sgt
Douglas F.C. Weeks and Air Gnr WO1 Roy O. Dwyer have no known graves and are
commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Sources: Report Ringkøbing Police, BE, CWGC.
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