Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Lancaster I NG396 crashed in the Baltic Sea 6-7/3 1945.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 44 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded KM-G.
T/o 18:31 Spilsby. Op: Saaanitz.

The Lancaster is believed to have been hit by flak and to have crashed into the Baltic Sea.

On 18/6 1946 fisherman Carl Jensen of the fishing boat K 1235 "Narhvalen" of Vordingborg was fishing in the Baltic sea between the island of Møn and Bornholm. At about midday he was trawling at approximately 50 meters when the trawl fouled a heavy object. On pulling the net up to the surface he discovered, in the net, the body of an airman. It was the body of Flt. Engr. Sgt William C. Thornton.

The funeral took place in Svinø cemetery on 23/6 1946 and was attended by a deputation from the Office of the Air Attache in Copenhagen..

Pilot F/O Bernard F. Boyle RCAF, F/S James Pickup, F/S William C. Turner, F/S Thomas W. Doggart, F/S John C. Smith and Sgt Charles J. Hance have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.


                   (Via Finn Buch)

Pilot F/O Bernard F. Boyle RCAF


Sources: BCL, CWGC, BS, Report on the finding of Thornton via Finn Buch.

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