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Halifax V LL235 crashed in the sea off Traner Odde 23/4-1944.


The aircraft belonged to RAF 77 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded KN-L.
T/o 21:00 Elvington OP: Gardening the Baltic Sea off Rostock.


En route to the target area LL235 was attacked by a German night fighter piloted by Hauptmann Werner Husemann of Stab I./ NJG 3 and a fire erupted.
At approx. 23:20 hours LL235 crashed into the sea 500 metres north east of Traner Odde lighthouse.
 


 

Harris, Frankie, Armstrong, Tompson, John, Redall, Harvey

Frankie and John were not on this trip.

 

Air Gnr. Sgt Douglas M. M. Harris managed to get out of the aircraft and landed in the sea 200 metres from the coast.
His shout for help was heard by local people and a small boat was launched to pick him up. He was taken ashore, dried and given some cognac.
An ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital in Sønderborg, but near Bro it was stopped by the Wehrmacht and told to take him to the Sønderborg Barracks instead.
From Sønderborg he was sent to Germany and prisoner of war camps. After interrogation at Dulag Luft at Oberursel he was sent to Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug. Later he was sent to Stalag Luft IV Gross Tychow. He returned to England at the end of the war.

On 24/4 a deployed parachute was found among the wreckage and on 27/4 a body was found to be connected to the chute. It was recovered and taken to the hospital in Sønderborg where it by help of labels in the clothing was identified as being Pilot F/Lt Edward (Ted) N. Thompson DFC. He was laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on 1/5 1944.

On 31/5 at 17:30 the body of Air Gnr. Sgt Roy Redall was found washed ashore on the beach near Himmark. The body was taken to the hospital in Sønderborg and was laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on 6/6 1944.

Navigator F/O Gerald McClelland DFM was found washed ashore on Helnæs on 17/6. He was laid to rest in Assens cemetery on 18/6 1944.

W/Op F/Sgt Frederick W. Harvey was found in the sea off Kidholm on 17/6 and was laid to rest in Faaborg ny Assistenskirkegaard cemetery on 19/6 1944.

Flt. Engr. Sgt John Armstrong and Air Bomber F/O Alfred E. Robbins DFC have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
 

 



Same persons as on upper picture with groundcrew

 


 (Gunnar Hounsgaard)

Memorial stone next to the crashsite.

 

 

 

Aabenraa cemetery

 

 

Assens cemetery

 


   ( Finn Buch)

 

Fåborg cemetery



 

Sources : BCL, FAF, LBUK, AS 20-391.

 

23/24 April 1944

Stirling III LJ526 crashed Øster Skerninge 23/4-1944

Halifax V LL235 crashed in the sea off Traner Odde 23/4-1944

Stirling III EF137 crashed near Vemmenæs east of the island of Tåsinge 23/4-1944

Halifax II HX151 crashed in the sea east of Omø island 23/4 1944

Halifax II LW270 crashed near Hjelm on the island of Lolland 23/4 1944


 

 

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