Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Stirling IV LK149 crashed into The North Sea 23/2-1945.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 138 Sqn RAF Bomber Command and was coded NF-D.
T/O Tempsford. OP: Table Jam 181 (Drop zone Marie near Hobro)

While outbound LK149 crashed into the North Sea on a position believed to be 56`07N 08`03E, which is a couple of kilometres off Søndervig on the west coast of Jylland. All onboard perished.

Pilot Eric W. Sinkinson, F/S Bertie R. Hasler, Sgt George Cole and F/S Henry T. Batten have no known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

On 28/6 1945 Chief Executive Officer Otto Sørensen reported that a grave with an allied soldier had been found in Beach area 2 of Søgaard Forstrand near Bjerregaard. The Wehrmacht had buried the body in the winter of 1944-45, and Sørensen now wanted it moved to Haurvig cemetery. The body was exhumed on 28/6 placed in a coffin and on 1/7 1945 laid to rest in a common grave with two more bodies that had been found buried on the beach.


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The soldier from Beach Area 2 was later identified as Navigator Sgt Francis W. Webster while the two other were F/S Colin Blyth of RCAF 405 Sqn and Sgt Arthur Robson of RAF 582 Sqn.


The graves at Haurvig cemetery


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Flt.Engr. Sgt George A. Letts

Flt.Engr. Sgt George A. Letts and Air Gnr. P/O Arthur Sharman were both found washed ashore near Thorsminde.
Sgt George Letts was laid to rest in Sønder Nissum cemetery on 25/2 and on 1/3 1945 Sharman was laid to rest in the same cemetery.



Sources: Report Ringkøbing Police, FAF, Directorate of Lighthouses, CWGC, Stirling Group, KH.


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