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1941-08-18 The loss of Hudson T9413 NO-Y (Langelaar)

Crash site: North Sea near Norway coast between Stavanger and the Lista peninsula

Crash cause: shot down by enemy fighter

0. Many casualties in Norway's coastal area

There is confusion over the locations of the crashes of 3 Hudsons from 320 Sqn Coastal Command, leading to the loss of 12 Dutch RAF aviators. The three aircraft were shot down into the North Sea, somewhere between Farsund on the Lista peninsula and Lindesnes. The nearest major city is Kristiansand, 90 km to the East. The name of that city has been used to indicate the crash area. The name has also been confused with Kristiansund, also erroneously spelled as Christiansund, which is 600 km to the North. In Norway the places are indicated as Kristiansund N and Kristiansand S, to avoid confusion.

South of Lindesnes, C.A.E. van Otterloo was mortally wounded by a Flak shell fragment. Somewhere along the coast between Stavanger and the Lista peninsula, Hudson 'Ockenburg' was shot down, leading to the loss of another 5 Dutch RAF aviators. Hudson 'Makassar' crashed near Elle, which is at the extreme North of the Lista peninsula. Four Dutch RAF aviators died in that crash. Somewhere along the Norwegian coast, possibly in the Bergen area, we also lost Jhr. H. van Panhuys. In all, 23 Dutch RAF aviators died in or over the coastal seas of Norway. Up to about Bergen, this sea area is still called the North Sea, that flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

The Hudsons Mk. II and III, with their top speed of 400 km/h, were sitting ducks for the 550 km/h Messerschmitts Bf.109 T-2 of I./JG77 that operated in this area, from Lista and Sola airfields. Sola is directly Southwest of Stavanger.

Source: Knut Larsson on http://www.luftwaffe.no/claim1.htm

Even if crew parachuted out, or force-landed at sea, as done by Hudson NO-M, the chances of survival were very limited indeed. Only two of the 26 crew members involved were, after hours, rescued from the cold water by a German floatplane.

For the following crashes:

Chapter 4.9 - Hudson T9413 NO-Y (Langelaar) - 18/8/1941

Chapter 4.10 - Hudson V9063 NO-M (Bakker) - 30/8/1941

Chapter 4.11 - Hudson T9380 NO-H (Hendriks Jansen) - 30/8/1941

Chapter 4.12 - Hudson V9065 NO-R (Prager) - 30/8/1941

please refer to the map in chapter 4.12

Note: the Hudson Mk. II flown by the Hendriks Jansen crew was one of only 20 that were build. Two Mk. II's flew with 320 Squadron. The other one, T9381 NO-K 'Tjiliwoeng', was struck-off-charge in August 1941 after an accident.

A Bf.109 T-1 of I./JG77 in Norway, 1941.

Name

1. Langelaar, Carel Arnold

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet

C.A. Langelaar Source: SLH

Rank

Off Vl 2kl, Pilot

Decorations

None known

Born

9/12/1915

Place

Pontianak, Borneo, NEI

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hrs

37/146

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. III Nr. T9413 NO-Y 'Ockenburg'

Base

RAF Leuchars, Fifeshire, GB

Mission

Recon Norwegian coast between Stavanger and the Lista peninsula

Status

MIA, shot down at 05.05h by Uffz. L. Scharf with Bf.109 from I./JG77 from Sola airfield.

Source: Knut Larsson

age

25

Missing

18/8/1941

Place

Norway coast between Stavanger and Lista

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

2. Res Sgt Vl J.P. Frowein, Copilot - MIA

3. Vl Schutter F.A. van der Hurk, Ag - MIA

4. Res 2Lt Vl J. Peetoom, Obs/Nav - MIA

5. Korp Telegr KMR J.G. Uljee, Wop - MIA

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

not known

GB arrival

31/5/1940 with Dutch vessel 'Batavier II' from Cherbourg, France, after an escape from Holland on 16/5/1940

Remarks

Data confusion


Name

2. Frowein, Jan Pieter

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet

J.P. Frowein Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50

Rank

Res Sgt Vl, Copilot

Decorations

None known

Born

3/12/1919

Place

Heemstede, Noord-Holland, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hrs

5/18

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. III Nr. T9413 NO-Y 'Ockenburg'

Base

RAF Leuchars, Fifeshire, GB

Mission

Recon Norwegian coast between Stavanger and the Lista peninsula

Status

MIA, shot down at 05.05h by Uffz. L. Scharf with Bf.109 from I./JG77 from Sola airfield.

Source: Knut Larsson

age

22

Missing

18/8/1941

Place

Norway coast between Stavanger and Lista

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Off Vl 2kl C.A.Langelaar, Pilot - MIA

3. Vl Schutter F.A. van der Hurk, Ag - MIA

4. Res 2Lt Vl J. Peetoom, Obs/Nav - MIA

5. Korp Telegr KMR J.G. Uljee, Wop - MIA

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

not known

GB arrival

31/5/1940 with Dutch vessel 'Batavier II' from Cherbourg, France, after an escape from Holland on 16/5/1940

Remarks

Data confusion


Name

3. Hurk, Felix Alfonse van der

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet

F.A. van der Hurk

Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50

Rank

Vl Schutter, Ac2., Ag

Stb.Nr. 15599

Decorations

None known

Born

29/6/1918

Place

Bandjermasin, Borneo, NEI

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hrs

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. III Nr. T9413 NO-Y 'Ockenburg'

Base

RAF Leuchars, Fifeshire, GB

Mission

Recon Norwegian coast between Stavanger and the Lista peninsula

Status

MIA, shot down at 05.05h by Uffz. L. Scharf with Bf.109 from I./JG77 from Sola airfield.

Source: Knut Larsson

age

23

Missing

18/8/1941

Place

Norway coast between Stavanger and Lista

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Off Vl 2kl C.A.Langelaar, Pilot - MIA

2. Res Sgt Vl J.P. Frowijn, Copilot - MIA

4. Res 2Lt Vl J. Peetoom, Obs/Nav - MIA

5. Korp Telegr KMR J.G. Uljee, Wop - MIA

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

not known

GB arrival

31/5/1940 with Dutch vessel 'Batavier II' from Cherbourg, France, after an escape from Holland on 16/5/1940

Remarks

Data confusion


Name

4. Peetoom, Jan

J. Peetoom Source: A. Diepenhorst

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet


Rank

Res 2Lt Vl, Obs/Nav

Decorations

None known

Born

29/9/1916

Place

Hoorn, Noord-Holland, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hrs

1/3

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. III Nr. T9413 NO-Y 'Ockenburg'

Base

RAF Leuchars, Fifeshire, GB

Mission

Recon Norwegian coast between Stavanger and the Lista peninsula

Status

MIA, shot down at 05.05h by Uffz. L. Scharf with Bf.109 from I./JG77 from Sola airfield.

Source: Knut Larsson

age

24

Missing

18/8/1941

Place

Norway coast between Stavanger and Lista

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Off Vl 2kl C.A.Langelaar, Pilot - MIA

2. Res Sgt Vl J.P. Frowijn, Copilot - MIA

3. Vl Schutter F.A. van der Hurk, Ag - MIA

5. Korp Telegr KMR J.G. Uljee, Wop - MIA

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

GB arrival

31/5/1940 with Dutch vessel 'Batavier II' from Cherbourg, France, after an escape from Holland on 16/5/1940

Remarks

He was on his first operational flight. Peetoom belonged to the group of aviators under training at Haamstede, that arrived in England by ship on 31/05/1940. In 1940 he resided at the Grote Oost 13, Hoorn. His brother Frans, born 19/04/1913, was a wartime aviator too. In 1945 the Paarse Vendel of the Waterscouting Vereniging changed its name into Vaandrig Peetoom Vendel, in memory of Jan Peetoom.

Source: Arie Diepenhorst, Apeldoorn, a childhood friend of Jan Peetoom, who met him again in Haamstede in May 1940. Mr. H.N. Bijhouwer from Hoorn submitted material from the Jan Peetoom estate, which included the portrait picture.

Data confusion


Name

5. Uljee, Jacobus Gijsbertus

Dutch RAF aviator datasheet

J.G. Uljee Source: @St.M.Vl.P. 1939-50

Rank

Korp Telegr KMR, Wop

Stb.Nr. 7992

Decorations

ON.BEMx

Born

25/7/1913

Place

Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, NL

Squadron

RAF 320 (Dutch) Sqn Coastal Command

Ops/hrs

Aircraft

Hudson Mk. III Nr. T9413 NO-Y 'Ockenburg'

Base

RAF Leuchars, Fifeshire, GB

Mission

Recon Norwegian coast between Stavanger and the Lista peninsula

Status

MIA, shot down at 05.05h by Uffz. L. Scharf with Bf.109 from I./JG77 from Sola airfield.

Source: Knut Larsson

age

28

Missing

18/8/1941

Place

Norway coast between Stavanger and Lista

Known to

OGS

yes

CWGC

no

Other crew

1. Off Vl 2kl C.A.Langelaar, Pilot - MIA

2. Res Sgt Vl J.P. Frowijn, Copilot - MIA

3. Vl Schutter F.A. van der Hurk, Ag - MIA

4. Res 2Lt Vl J. Peetoom, Obs/Nav - MIA

Memorial

Soesterberg

yes

Memorial

Other

not known

GB arrival

22/5/1940 from France after he, in a group of 24 aircraft, mostly Fokker trainers, had escaped from Holland on 14/5/1940

Remarks

Bronzen Eremedaille, verbonden aan de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden, 26/8/1941 (postuum), wegens

Het verrichten van uitstekende diensten als vliegtuig-telegrafist op zeer vele konvooi-vluchten waarbij hij blijk heeft gegeven van grote plichtsbetrachting en kennis van zaken.


Data confusion

OGS: no decoration mentioned




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