Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Halifax BIII MZ899 crashed in the Baltic Sea southwest of the island of Langeland 17/8 1944.

The aircraft belonged to RCAF (RAF) 433 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded BM-D.
T/o Skipton On Swale 21:34. OP: Gardening Kiel Bay.

MZ899 is believed to have been claimed by a German night fighter and to have crashed in the sea south or southwest of the island of Langeland killing all onboard.
It should be noted that Oberleutnant Fritz Brinkmann of 8./NJG 3 claimed a Four-engined bomber NNE of Kiel at 00:06 hours while Oberfeldwebel Martin Kramer of Stab./NJG 3 claimed a Four-Engined bomber SE of Kiel at 00:15 hours.

Pilot P/O Joseph G.M. Savard was found washed ashore by Aagab 1 kilometre north of Bagenkop in Magleby parish on the island of Langeland on 8/9. The body was handed over to the Wehrmacht in Rudkøbing and was laid to rest in Magleby cemetery on 12/9 1944.

Air Gnr. P/O Maurice E. Fairall was washed ashore on the island of Bogø 5/10 and was laid to rest in Bogø cemetery on 11/10 1944.

On 17/9 the body of Wop/ Air Gnr. P/O Bernard Bercuson was found near Lindelse on the island of Langeland and was laid to rest in Magleby cemetery on 19/9 1944.

Flt. Engr. Sgt George H. Lilley RAF was found washed ashore at Asserballeskov on the island of Als on 17/9. He was laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on 19/9 1944.

Today Navigator F/O Henry Grimble rest in Kiel War Cemetery while Bombaimer F/O Joseph H. Baillargeon and Bombaimer Sgt Alfred W.J. Drennan have no known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.




Magleby cemetery





Bogø cemetery





Kiel War Cemetery


Sources: LBUK, FAF, LW, They shall grow not old” by Allison/Hayward, BA, CWGC.


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