Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted

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Mosquito FB VI SZ977 crashed København 21/3 1945.


The aircraft belonged to RAF 21 Sqn. 2nd Tactical Air Force and was coded YH-T.
T/O Fersfeld. OP: Shell house attack.


While approaching the target SZ977 with pilot W/C Peter Andrew Kleboe DSO, DTC, AFC and Navigator F/O Reginald John Ward Hall hit a light post and hit the roof of a building in Sdr. Boulevard road and continued across Henrik Ibsensvej road finally ending in a garage between the French School and a theatre.

 


                           (Via Finn Buch)

Mosquito FB VI SZ977
 

Two bombs had been ripped off the Mosquito when it hit the roof. These continued across the road where they hit a building that collapsed. Sadly a number of the Mosquito crews believed that the smoke and fire from the crashed Mosquito was the assigned target, and several bombs were dropped in the area killing 123 civilians, 87 of who were children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above pictures shows the remains of The French School and the surrounding buildings

 

Pilot W/C Peter Andrew Kleboe and Navigator F/O Reginald John Ward Hall were laid to rest in København Bispebjerg Cemetery on 28/3 1945.

 

 



Sources: LBUK, UA, FT, FAF.
 

Attack on the Gestapo Headquarter “Shell house” 21/3 1945

Mosquito FB VI SZ977 crashed København 21/3 1945

Mustang III HK460 crashed in Fælledparken, København 21/3 1945

Mosquito FBIV RS609 ditched in the sea of Kattegat 21/3 1945

Mosquito FB VI NT123 ditched in Øresund 21/3 1945

Mosquito FB VI SZ999 crashed in Nyrup Bay 21/3 1945

Mustang III KH446 crash landed Lønborg 21/3 1945

 

 

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