460 SQUADRON RAAF
Aircraft code: ?
Date: 9/10 April 1944
Mission: Mining in Baltic off Danzig
Crash Site: Gunderup, north of Varde, west part of Jutland.
|F/Sgt.||William George Boyce||RAAF||KIA|
|F/Sgt.||Donald Henry Martin||RAAF||KIA|
|P/O||Robert John Proud||RAAF Pilot||KIA|
|F/O||Leonard Myles Ryan||RAAF||KIA|
Remarks: Shot down at 04:00 hours, probably by nightfighter. Crew buried at Esbjerg Cemetery.
This event is described in Peter Firkin's "Strike and Return" as follows:-
"Another heavy loss during this period was sustained on the mine-laying trip to Danzig Bay on 9th April when of 12 aircraft dispatched, three very experienced crews were missing, and two others - those of Pilot Officer R.N. Wade and Flight Lieutenant A.V. Willis, D.F.C. - came back severely damaged from flak. Flight Sergeant W.D. McKenzie's crew, doing their first op., crashed on take-off and all were killed."
"Not only did the crews have to contend with tremendous heavy flak over their "Gardening" area, but they also had to withstand numerous night-fighter attacks whilst flying over Denmark."
"The minelaying operations were all part of the plan to bottle up the Baltic Sea and stop seaborne supplies from reaching the Russian Front."
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