Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Halifax III MZ342 crashed in the North Sea 9/2-1945.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 192 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded DT-B.
T/O 19:41 Flulsham. OP: Bomber Support to Stettin.

While on the return flight it collided at 01:20 hours with Lancaster PD376 of RAF 625 Sqn at 2000 ft. There was no serious damage to the Lancaster, but MZ342 crashed into the North Sea on position 56`17N 07`48E killing all on board.

Pilot F/Sgt Brian L. Butler, Navigator P/O David P.M. Finnigan, W/Op Sgt Robert D. Mitcheson, Mid upper gunner Air Gnr. Sgt Evan A.E. Tucker, Flt Engr. Sgt Kenneth G. Cheshire and Special Operator F/O Noel Burrows have no known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

The body of Air Bomber F/Sgt Douglas W. Webb was found washed ashore near Haurvig on 21/2-46 and was laid to rest in Fovrfeld cemetery in Esbjerg on 22/2-46.
The remains of Rear gunner Sgt Brian F. Woods was found washed ashore in Beach area 24 at Åberg Forstrand on 21/8-45. He was laid to rest in Husby cemetery on 24/8 1945.


                  (Maryanne Butler via Finn Buch)

Pilot F/Sgt Brian L. Butler


Sources: Police report, CWGC, FAF, OK.


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