Body washed ashore in the area of Zeebrugge, Belgium.
Vickers Wellington Mk IV Z1209 claimed to be shot down by Oberleutnant Heinrich Alexander Ludwig Peter Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein III./NJG 2. The Wellington bomber crashed into the North Sea. German costal defence in Vlissingen, Netherlands reported a burning wreckage on the water at 1:16 hrs. This time matched with the claim of Wittgenstein. The entire crew was killed in action.
Luftwaffe Ace Wittgenstein was killed in action on January 21, 1944. After shooting down 4 Commonwealth bombers his Junker 88 Nachtjager's fuel tank exploded from a fire inside the left engine. Wittgenstein is buried at the German Military War Cemetery in Ysselsteyn, Netherlands.
Pilot: Pilot Officer (J/7473) George Henry Chaffey, RCAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 100, United Kingdom.
Observer: Flight Sergeant (R/80105) James William Smyth, RCAF - Adegem Canadian War Cemtery, Belgium.
Bomb Aimer: Sergeant (1023590) George Samuel Watson - Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Belgium.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: Pilot Officer (J/15435) Joseph Morgan McAleavey RCAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 100, United Kingdom.
Air Gunner: Sergeant (1341681) Ian Currie MacKeand - Runnymede Memorial Panel 88, United Kingdom.
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