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Old 21st November 2020, 20:08
Dötlingen 1961 Dötlingen 1961 is offline
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Plane Crash Dötlingen April 4, 1945

Hello!
During my work on the end of the war in 1945 in my homeland (Dötlingen/Niedersachsen) I came across a plane crash of an Allied plane near Birkenbusch/Dötlingen (about 40 km southwest of Bremen) in April 1945.
The aircraft was a single-seat English fighter aircraft. The exact date was April 4, 1945. The pilot was buried at the crash site and later reburied. A memorial stone was set up at the crash site.
Can anyone help?

Thank you very much
Karsten
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Old 21st November 2020, 22:34
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Re: Plane Crash Dötlingen April 4, 1945

Perhaps a possibility would be F/O PETER ASHFORTH HALLIWELL (163147), a new pilot in 274 squadron. He was flying Tempest V NV660 and was lost in the area of "Bremen" on April 4, 1945. That day the squadron flew two armed recce's in what they called the "Northern Area". They were attacking trains and during one attack Halliwell flew so low he struck a locomotive and supposedly knocked it off the tracks. His plane disintegrated. That description of the crash might help rule him "in or out" as a possibility.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/fi...H%20HALLIWELL/

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...orth-halliwell

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Old 21st November 2020, 23:06
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Re: Plane Crash Dötlingen April 4, 1945

The “Birkenbusch” forest is right next to the Bremen-Osnabrück railway line.
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Re: Plane Crash Dötlingen April 4, 1945

Is there anything else I can learn about the pilot and the crash?
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Re: Plane Crash Dötlingen April 4, 1945

Halliwell took off at 13:15 along with Frederick Wallace Mossing. Mossing returned at 15:10, so the crash occurred in the early afternoon.

(Mossing was killed during a training flight on 12 May, 1945.)

You mentioned a memorial stone at the crash site. What does it say? Do you have a picture?
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Old 23rd November 2020, 19:00
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Re: Plane Crash Dötlingen April 4, 1945

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Hello!
During my work on the end of the war in 1945 in my homeland (Dötlingen/Niedersachsen) I came across a plane crash of an Allied plane near Birkenbusch/Dötlingen (about 40 km southwest of Bremen) in April 1945.
The aircraft was a single-seat English fighter aircraft. The exact date was April 4, 1945. The pilot was buried at the crash site and later reburied. A memorial stone was set up at the crash site.
Can anyone help?

Thank you very much
Karsten
You could ask in the German speaking "Forum der Wehrmacht"
www.forum-der-wehrmacht.de
There are some specialists activ in the forum with some good knowledge about airplane crashes on German territory.
Best regards
Rolf
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Re: Plane Crash Dötlingen April 4, 1945

Two residents told me that there was a stone there. I'm still looking for the exact spot (in the forest).
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