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Hampden I AD727 crashed in Kiel Bay off Buelk 12/6-1941.


The aircraft belonged to RAF 61 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded QR-?.
T/o 22:45 Hemswell OP: Gardening Kiel Bay.


AD727 was hit by flak and crashed into Kiel Bay off Buelk near Kiel. The crew of four died. P/O Frederick A. Caunter-Jackson and F/S Patrick J. Breene have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
W/Op-Air.Gnr. Sgt John Bestwick now rests in Kiel War Cemetery while Pilot Peter H.H. Pritchard rests in Kappel cemetery.
Pritchard was found drifted ashore on the beach one kilometre east of Maglehøj near Nakskov on 12/8. at 11:30 hours. With the body was found a Mae-west, and 50 meters away an unopened parachute. The body was taken to the chapel of Dannemare church, and the German Commander in Vordingborg was notified. The Wehrmacht collected the body and laid it to rest in Kappel cemetery on 15/8-1941. The German Field priest Graef officiated at the graveside ceremony. A cross with the inscription:” Hier ruht der englische Flieger Pritchard” was erected.

 


                         (Jes H. Ottesen)

 

 

Pritchards funeral

 


                         (Finn Buch)

 


                   (Søren Flensted)

 


                        (Ib Lødsen)

 


                  (Jes Ottosen)

 

 

 

 

Source: FAF, BCL, CWGC, AS, LBUK.

 

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