Robert Love McKinney Updated: 18 DEC 2016
Airman: e777090.htm Surname: McKinney Init: R L Rank: P/O Service: RAF Sqdn: 58
P_link: p427.htm Plane: HAL JP336 Operation: Anti ship Crash_site: Kattegat
Crash_d: d240445 Buried_d: e777 C_link: e777.htm At_Next: NO KNOWN
var nødt til at nødlande på havet (måske omkring
nordøst for Gjerrild på Djursland) den 24. april 1945.
her 1 sømil nordøst for Gjerrild angives anderledes i 2 andre kilder. FAF:
15 miles nordvest for Anholt. AOD: 10-15 km øst for Grenå.
P/O Robert L. McKinney og Sgt George G. Cockroft har ingen kendt grav og mindes
på Runnymede Memorial. (Kilde: AOD)
"F/O Lawrence Barclay Davey took off from Stornoway in HAL JP336 on 23 April 1945 at 20:15. At midnight the plane spotted a German convoy from Norway, and the plane was heavily damaged by flak during the first attack. Davey tried to reach land, but the plane had to ditch about 1 nautical mile (maybe about here) northeast of Gjerrild in Djursland (Gjerrild Lighthouse here). It floated, burning, for half an hour. The fire was seen from land, but nobody sailed out to their rescue. When F/O Davey got off the plane, he heard Co-Pilot F/Sgt Thomas Ernest Parker Rosenthal shouting for help from within the burning plane. Davey crawled into the wreck and helped Rosenthal out. The Wireless Operators F/O John Vilhjalmur Johnson and Sgt Gerard Anthony Guinane had also come off the plane and together they inflated their dinghy and rowed around to find the other 5 crew members, but in vain." (FT 91-10-54)
The crash site here 1 nautical mile northeast of Gjerrild is indicated otherwise in 2 other sources: FAF: 15 miles northwest of Anholt. AOD 10-15 km east of Grenå. The key map here shows the island of Anholt and Varberg in Sweden. There is a ferry Grenå-Varberg. 3 airmen drifted ashore east of Odder and 2 unknown airmen drifted in northeast of Ebeltoft.
See Unknown British Airman in Dråby and Unknown British Airman in Hyllested. Dates and the places they were found indicate that they might be McKinney and Cockroft. If that is correct, it is still impossible to establish who is where! (Source: Bent Agger)
Command No. 58 Squadron * RAF Coastal
Command * This
Halifax from No. 18
Group RAF took off from