William Henry James                       Updated:  13 SEP 2015                                         Photo 01 SEP 2015 by AS

Airman:
 a047002.htm Surname: James Init: W H Rank: P/O Service: RAF Sqdn: 138

P_link: p220.htm Plane: HAL HR666 Operation: SOE to PL Crash_site: Storebælt off Sprogø

Crash_d: d140943 Buried_d: b160943 C_link: c047.htm At_Next: Korsør

Den 14. september 1943 styrtede HAL HR666 i Storebælt mellem Halsskov Rev og Sprogø,
måske omkring
her. Det var på en nedkastningsoperation til Polen sammen med en del andre
polske og britiske fly. (Kilde: FAF)
Flyvehistorisk Tidsskrift skriver:
"Under
overflyvning af Storebælt blev flyet skudt ned af tysk flak på Halsskov Rev.
Den ty
ske krigsmarine reddede tre besætningsmedlemmer, F/Sgt. William Henry James (pilot),
Sgt. Thomas Alexander Payne (air gunner)
og Sgt. Donald Harward White (flight engineer).
Alle tre var sårede og ved ankomsten til Korsør havn var F/Sgt James død." (FT 88-34-16)

Pilot Officer (Pilot) William Henry James, 23 år, var søn af William James og
Clara Emily James, Monmouth, United Kingdom.
(Kilde: CWGC)

2 flyvere fra HAL HR666 blev begravet i Korsør, 1 i Frederikshavn og 1 i Norge.
1 har ingen kendt grav. 2 flyvere
blev ført til Tyske krigsfangelejre. 7 flyvere.

On 14 September 1943 at 22.30 hours HAL HR666 crashed into the Storebælt between
Halskov Reef and Sprogø, maybe about
here. It was on an SOE-mission to Poland.

(Danish) Aviation Historical Review writes:
"Overflying the Storebælt this plane was shot down by German flak on Halskov Reef.
The German Kriegsmarine rescued 3 crew members, F/Sgt. William Henry James (pilot),
Sgt. Thomas Alexander Payne (air gunner) and
Sgt. Donald Harward White (flight engineer).
The 3 of them were wounded. F/Sgt James was dead on the arrival at Korsør Harbour."
(FT 88-34-16)

Pilot Officer (Pilot) William Henry James, 23, was the son of William James and
Clara Emily James, of Monmouth, United Kingdom. (Source: CWGC)
Always in our memory, Darling. Until we meet again

2 airmen from HAL HR666 were buried in Korsør, 1 in Frederikshavn and 1 in Norway. 1 has no known grave. 2 airmen were taken to German POW-Camps.
See Bomber Command No. 138 (Special) SquadronRAF - Handley Page Halifax * Tempsford Special Duties Squadrons.
See also No. 138 Squadron * RAF Tempsford * A History of RAF Tempsford * The Tempsford Airfield Pages Roll of Honour, Tempsford. 7 airmen.