Alan O. McCormack                                                                              Updated: 02 MAR 2021

Airman:
 o888336.htm Surname: McCormack Init: A O Rank: S/Ldr Service: RAAF Sqdn: 466

P_link: p256.htm Plane: HAL HX294 Operation: Bomb G Crash_site: Langelandsbælt

Crash_d: d290144 Buried_d: o888 C_link: o888.htm At_Next: POW

Den 29. januar 1944 styrtede HAL HX294 i havet øst for Langeland, i forbindelse med et bombetogt til Berlin. Se p256MACR og Flyveruten.
Se Google Map p256 HAL HX294 med angivelse af hvor flyverne landede. 1 mand omkom. 6 flyvere
blev ført til Tyske krigsfangelejre.  (Kilde: En dråbe i havet)

Flyvehistorisk Tidsskrift skriver:
"Flyet blev skudt ned af en tysk natjager, og hele besætningen sprang ud med faldskærm. Piloten, Squadron Leader Alan Ower McCormack og en anden flyver
landede på Langeland, to flyvere landede ved/Tåsinge, medens to landede Strynø og Siø. - - -" (FT 85-78-20)
Alan McCormack gemte sig her-se fotoSe McCormack-Whitfield kort.

Se I morfars fodspor hos Rudkøbing Byhistoriske Arkiv. Han landede i vandet tæt på kysten og fandt skuret her, hvor han blev fundet af Palle Kidmose, 15 år, som 
kom tilbage med mad til McCormack. Næste dag kom han tilbage ledsaget af en dansk politimand! McCormack blev krigsfange. (Kilde:"En dråbe i havet")
Se Alan McCormack gemte sig her - se fotos. Se også McCormack's beretning side 147-154 fra bogen "En dråbe i havet - Langeland under den 2. verdenskrig",
487 sider, af Bent Andersen, Jens Mollerup & Gunnar Kjær Mortensen, udgivet 1994 af Rudkøbing Byhistoriske Arkiv.

"S
gt J.R.Clark blev interneret i lejrene L6 Heydekrug / 357 Thorn-Fallingbostel med Sgt R.Collings, F/S S.L.Smith, F/S G.Walker og F/S R.A.Whitfield.
S/L A.O.McCormack i L3 Sagan." (Lost Bombers) 7 flyvere.

On 29 January 1944 HAL HX294 crashed into the sea east of Langeland, in connection with a bombing raid on Berlin. See p256MACR and Flight Path.
See Google Map p256 HAL HX294 with indications of where the airmen landed. 1 man perished.
6 airmen
were taken to German POW-Camps. (Source: A drop in the sea)

(Danish) Aviation Historical Review writes:
"The plane was shot down by a German night fighter and all of the crew bailed out. Pilot, Squadron Leader Alan Ower McCormack and another airman landed on Langeland, two airmen landed on/near Taasinge while two landed on Strynø and Siø. - - -" (FT 85-78-20) See McCormack-Whitfield Maps.

He landed in the water near the shore and he found the shed here where he was found by the boy Palle Kidmose, 15, who returned with food for McCormack.
Next day he returned accompanied by a Danish policeman! McCormack became a Prisoner of War. (Source: "A drop in the sea") See "In Grandfather's footsteps"
See lan McCormack hid here - see photo. See also McCormack's own account, part 1 * 2 * 3 from Rudkøbing Byhistoriske Arkiv, p.147-153 of "A drop in the sea."

"Sgt J.R.Clark was interned in Camps L6 Heydekrug / 357 Thorn-Fallingbostel, with Sgt R.Collings, F/S S.L.Smith, F/S G.Walker, and F/S R.A.Whitfield.
S/L A.O.McCormack in Camp L3 Sagan." (Lost Bombers)

See Bomber Command No. 466 Squadron RAAF * 466 Sqn RAAF - Wikipedia * Australian War Memorial has this.
Halifax * Halifax-BC Museum.Canada * Halifax-RAF Museum * Halifax-The Yorkshire Air Museum. See Halifax Print and Halifax - Bless 'Em All.
Halifax III HX294 HD-A
took off from RAF Leconfield at .0007. on 28 JAN 1944. (Source: Aircrew Remembered has this.)   7 airmen.