Raymond Leonard Bates  Photo: Knud Riis   Updated:  20 MAR 2019
                                                                                  
Airman:
 a014188.htm Surname: Bates Init: R L Rank: Sgt Service: RAF Sqdn: 431

P_link: p275.htm Plane: HAL LK705 Operation: Minelaying Crash_site:  Klelund Plantage

Crash_d: d260244 Buried_d: b030344 C_link: c014.htm At_Next: Esbjerg, Coll.g.A.8.24-25 = A.8.24

 Den 26. februar 1944 styrtede HAL LK705 under en minelægningsoperation ned her i Klelund Plantage, hvor der i 1947 blev rejst et monument. Se Forget-me-not ved Kiel i Minelægningsområder.

Sergeant (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner) Raymond Leonard Bates, 21 år, var søn af John og
Hilda Alice Bates, Porchester, Fareham, Hampshire, United Kingdom.
Hans bror William John faldt også.
(Kilde: CWGC)

Medens 594 bombefly fløj til Augsburg, foretog 131 bombefly et togt til Kielerbugten og lagde miner.
Tre Halifaxes og en Stirling gik tabt under mineringen. LK705 blev ramt af en tysk natjager og styrtede
brændende ned i Klelund plantage. Hele besætningen omkom og blev i begyndelsen af marts begravet
i Gravlunden i Fourfeldt ved Esbjerg. Den 5. maj 1947 afsløredes en mindesten for de dræbte flyvere
tæt ved skovfogedboligen i Klelund plantage. (FT 90-102-19)

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 On 26 February 1944 during a minelaying operation HAL LK705 crashed here in the Klelund Plantation where a monument was erected in 1947. See Forget-me-not at Kiel on the map Minelaying areas.

Sergeant (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner) Raymond Leonard Bates, 21, was the son of John and
Hilda Alice Bates, of Porchester, Fareham, Hampshire, United Kingdom.
His brother William John also fell. (Source: CWGC)

While 594 bombers targeted Augsburg, 131 bombers carried out a minelaying operation in the Kiel Bay.
3 Halifaxes and 1 Stirling were lost during the operation. LK705 was hit by a German night fighter and
crashed, burning, into
the Klelund Plantation. All of the crew perished. In the beginning of March the
airmen were buried at Esbjerg. On 5 March 1947 a memorial stone to the killed airmen was unveiled
in the Klelund Plantation. (Source:
FT 90-102-19)

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