A visit at the gravestone of an airman shot down over Denmark by Helge Christiansen Updated: 03 JUL 2019
På dansk Flight Lieutenant, Navigator Wilfred John Parsons, photo from his daughter via Helge Christiansen.
On 4 May 2013 the annual commemorative service was held in Svinø Churchyard in southern Zealand. This year
it was particularly stressed that a bomber was shot down near Drøsselbjerg, as one of the attendants in Svinø Church
was Rosalind Anne Elliot, 71, née Parsons. She was less than 2 years old when her father was killed near
Drøsselbjerg. Now she had come to Denmark with her husband Ted Elliot, his brother and wife to see her father's gravestone.
His name was Wilfred John Parsons and he lost his life on 21 April 1943, when their Halifax B II HR722 crashed
on the Drøsselbjerg Cliff and ended up in the water. (See photos.) The bomber was on the return flight after a
bombing raid on Stettin. They were hit by heavy fire from flak near Korsør. All 8 crew members might have been killed before the crash.
Among them was W.J. Parsons, who only reached the age of 25. He left behind his wife and little daughter Rosalind back home on the Isle of Wight near the south coast of England.
The killed airman was washed ashore and he and another airman,
George H. Willis, were both found on 18 May
FLIGHT LIEUTENANT W. J. PARSONS, NAVIGATOR, ROYAL AIR FORCE, 20TH
APRIL 1943 AGE 25
After the memorial
service in the churchyard in Svinø Rosalind Elliot asked if the crash site
at the Drøsselbjerg Cliff is marked in any way, but it is not.
PS. A memorial plaque was unveiled at the
crash site on 21 April 2014. Photo of W. J. Parsons added on 21 July 2015.