As a member of a small committee of the historical association in the borderregion Denmark/Germany I am for the time being working on the text to a display in danish/english/german which is to be placed nearby a new memorial set for the crew of RCAF Halifax W1274 which crashed on september 24 at 04.08 AM in Elso Moor on the northern (danish) side of the Flensburg Fjord.
A ceremony will be held at the memorial on 23. september 2006 11.00 AM and it will be attended by a crew of 5 from a plane from Squadron 405 taking the long road from Greenwood, Nova Scotia to the southern part of Denmark.
I have been looking for a good photo of a Halifax Mark II for the display and seeing your apply for a photo of a Halifax of the 405 I take the opportunity to ask you, if you have found such a photo? If so we should of course appreciate, if we could get a copy of it (as high a solution as possible)to be used in the display together with the text telling about the crew,the raid and the crash, the plane and the Squadron RCAF 405.
Yours faithfully - -
Torben Olholm, journalist at Danmarks Radio, Regional branch in Southern Jutland
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Halifax W1274 Information
Serial Number W1274
Date 1 23rd September 1942
Date 2 24th September 1942
"Serial Range W1270 - W1276. 7 Halifax Mk.11. Part of a batch of 181 HP59 Halifax Mk.11. W1002-W1021; W1035- W1067; W1090-W1117; W1141-W1190; W1211-W1253; W1270-W1276. Delivered by English Electric Co. (Salmesbury & Preston) between 12Aug42 and 4Sep42. Airborne 0019 24Sep42 from Topcliffe. Cause of loss not established. Crashed on Elso Moor, some 6 km NE of Padborg, a Danish frontier town with Germany. All were buried in Abenra Cemetery 26Sep42. P/O W.M.Webb RCAF KIA Sgt J.M.rankin RCAF KIA P/O E.E.Gervais RCAF KIA Sgt J.H.Kaufman KIA F/S W.Sheldon KIA F/S M.K.Burke RAAF KIA F/S J.Ott RCAF KIA "
Webb from Broadview, Saskatchewan
Rankin from Paddockwood, Saskatchewan
Gervais from La Passe, Ontario
Kaufman from Montreal, Quebec but in the RAF (air gunner)
Sheldon from Dronfield, Derbyshire UK in the RAF
Burke from Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
Ott from Chemainus, British Columbia, Canada
Have you talked to Ole Ronnest in Aabybro, Aalborg. he has researched all the RCAF/RAF gravesites in Denmark and has info on lots of the crew who are buried in Denmark.
I have address and phone of Ole but you will have to contact me on my email: