Albert Gruchy                                     Updated:  01 JAN 2012

Airman: a096002.htm Surname: Gruchy Init: A Rank: Sgt Service: RAF Sqdn: 9

P_link: p079.htm Plane: WEL Z1615 Operation: Minelaying Crash_site: Nakskov Fjord

Crash_d: d160542 Buried_d: b200542 C_link: c096.htm At_Next: Svinø

Den 16. maj 1942 kl. 02.21 styrtede WEL Z1615 ned på Malø grunden i Nakskov Fjord
(omkring her) på vej til minelægning i den sydlige del af Storebælt (her).

Flyvehistorisk Tidsskrift skriver:
"50 fly
foretog mineringer i den vestlige del af Østersøen, og 2 Hampdens og 2 Wellingtons gik tabt. Wellington Z1615 blev skudt ned af flak fra »Flugwache 6« nær Langø (her) SV for Nakskov havn.
Sgt. Albert Gruchy
blev såret af flaksplinter og senere dræbt da forreste tårn knustes, idet flyet tog vandoverfladen. - Liget af Sgt. Gruchy blev næste dag bjærget af en båd fra »Falck«, og han blev begravet på Svinø kirkegård den 20. maj." (FT 86-87-4)

Flight Sergeant (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner) Albert Gruchy, 20 år, britisk statsborger, var søn
af Albert og Elizabeth Maria Gruchy, St. John's Newfoundland.
(Kilde: CWGC)

1 flyver fra WEL Z1615 blev begravet på Svinø Kirkegård. 4 flyvere blev ført til Tyske krigsfangelejre.
5 flyvere. 

On 16 May 1942 at 02.21 hours WEL Z615 crashed on the Malø shoal in the Nakskov Fjord
(about here) on its way to  a minelaying operation in the southern part of the Storebælt (here).

(Danish) Aviation Historical Review writes:
"50 planes were on minelaying operations in the western part of the Baltic Sea, and 2 Hampdens
and 2 Wellingtons were lost. Wellington Z1615 was shot dowm by flak from »Flugwache 6« near
 Langø (here) south west of Nakskov Harbour. Sgt Albert Gruchy was injured by splinters of flak and
later killed when the front turret broke on impact as the plane hit the water.
Next day the body of Sgt Gruchy was retrieved by a boat from the "Falck".
He was buried in Svinø Churchyard on 20 May.
" (FT 86-87-4)

Flight Sergeant (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner) Albert Gruchy, 20, a citizen of the UK, was the
son of Albert and Elizabeth Maria Gruchy, of St. John's Newfoundland. (Source: CWGC)
Grant him eternal rest O Lord and light perpetual to shine upon him

1 airman from WEL Z1615 was buried in Svinø Churchyard. 4 airmen were taken to German POW-Camps.
See Bomber Command No. 9 Squadron and IX (B) Squadron Association. This Wellington took off from RAF Honington. Lost Bombers has this. 5 airmen.