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Blenheim IV T1934 crashed in Tranum dune plantation 13/8-1940.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 82 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded UX-R
T/o 0840 Watton OP:Aalborg.

The aircraft was shot down by fighters and at approx. 12:31 it crashed in the Tranum plantation at a location known as Koldmose. It exploded on impact and all three crew members perished.

The bodies of Pilot W/C Edward C. de Virac Lart DSO, Navigator P/O Maurice H. Gillingham and Air gunner Sgt. Augustus S. Beeby DFM were recovered from the wreckage and laid to rest in Vadum cemetery on 16/8 1940.

 


                     (John Lart via Ole Rønnest)

Pilot W/C Edward C. de Virac Lart DSO

 


                (Ole Rønnest)

Pilot W/C Edward C. de Virac Lart DSO

 


   (John Lart)

Pilot W/C Edward C. de Virac Lart DSO

 


                (Ole Rønnest)

Air gunner Sgt. Augustus S. Beeby DFM

 


                   (Ole Rønnest)


                     (Ole Rønnest)

 Augustus S. Beebys watch 26/9 1939

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 13/8-2013 a memorial was inaugurated on the crashsite on position 57.10.326N 09.32.712E. The memorial was unveiled by a Nephew of Edward Lart and the Mayor of Jammerbugt Kommune.

This very well organized unveiling was attended by approximately 300 people.

On the same day a memorial was unveiled for the crew of R3913 that was shot down at about the same time.

 

 

 

See below papers regarding  De V. Lart

Click on image to enlarge (Link will open in a new window)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


(John Lart)
 

 

 

On 13/8-2015, 75 years after the crash a ceremony was held on the crash site to commemorate the crew.

 

The guard of honour

 

 

Mr. Ole Rønnest MBE told the story of what happened on 13/8-1940

 

Mr. John Lard read the "Act of Remembrance"

They shall grow not old,
As we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them
We will remember them


 

 

Director of External Relations, Commonwealth War Graves Commission Mr. Colin Kerr laid a wreath

 

The British Military Attaché Lt. Col. Gordon Fotheringham, Princess of Wales`Royal Regiment laid a wreath.

 

A representative of the local archive laid a wreath

 

The chairman of "Forsvarsbrødrene" Aalborg branch laid a wreath

 

Above pictures from the 2015 ceremony courtesy of Mr. Robert Cobley MBE, Member of the Denmark Team.

After the ceremony

 


Sources: Ole Rønnest, Aabybro, LBUK, WD.

 

Links to the other crashed aircrafts:

August 13 1940 attack on Aalborg West

Blenheim IV R1933 crashed in Restrup enge on 13/8-1940

Blenheim IV R3800 crashed in Limfjorden on 13/8-1940

Blenheim IV R2772 ditched in Limfjorden north of Egholm island on 13/8-1940

Blenheim IV R3821 crashed at Aalborg West on 13/8-1940

Blenheim IV R3829 crashed in Torpet Kær, Vadum on 13/8-1940

Blenheim IV R3904 crashed two km. east of Aabybro on 13/8-1940

Blenheim IV T1827 crashed two km. east of Kaas on 13/8-1940

Blenheim IV R3802 crashed two km. east of Kaas 13/8-1940

Blenheim IV T1934 crashed in Tranum dune plantation 13/8-1940

Blenheim IV R3913 crashed in Tranum dune plantation 13/8-1940

Blenheim IV T1889 crash landed near Vust 13/8-1940
 

 

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