William John Quike Magrath                                                                 Updated:  09 SEP 2008


Airman:
 o888031.htm Surname: Magrath Init: WJQ Rank: Sgt Service: RAF Sqdn: 82

P_link: p016.htm Plane: BLE R2772 Operation: Attack DK Crash_site: Off Egholm

Crash_d: d130840 Buried_d: o888 C_link: o888.htm At_Next: POW

BLE R2772 tog del i angrebet på Aalborg, Fliegerhorst Aalborg West den 13. august 1940. Nedstyrtningsstedet er her. (Kilde: Ole Rønnest)

Tre minutter senere styrtede R 2772 ned (her) ved Egholm. Maskinen blev knust mod store sten. Mirakuløst overlevede Blair, Magrath og Greenwood, omend alle tre alvorlig kvæstede.

For de tretten overlevende englændere drejede det sig om at søge helbredet genvundet og overleve næsten fem års krigsfangenskab. I november 1941 lykkedes det Bill Magrath at undslippe. Via Frankrig, Spanien og Gibraltar nåede han til England i marts 1942. (Tekster fra Skudt ned over Danmark)

3 flyvere.
 

BLE R2772 took part in the attack on Aalborg airfield, Fliegerhorst Aalborg West, on 13 August, 1940. The crash site is here. (Source: Ole Rønnest)

Three minutes later, R 2772 crashed (here) at Egholm. The aircraft broke up on hitting some large boulders. It was a miracle that Blair, Magrath and Greenwood survived, for all three had sustained serious injuries.

As for the thirteen survivors, their main  concern was to regain their health and to survive almost five years as prisoners of war. In November 1941 Bill Magrath succeeded in escaping: via France, Spain and Gibraltar he reached England in March 1942. (Text from Shot down over Denmark)

3 airmen.