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Wellington II W5423 crashed near Jejsing 26/2-1942.
The aircraft belonged to PAF (RAF) 305 Sqn. and was coded SM-R.
T/o 19:00 Lindholme. OP: Kiel
At 22:15 W5423 crashed 500 metres north west of Jejsing train station after
having been attacked by a German night fighter piloted by Leutnant Scameitat of
II./NJG 3. The tail of W5423 was found 500 metres from the rest of the wreck,
and a dinghy was found near Tønder barracks. One last bomb exploded after the
arrival of police and spectators without anyone getting hurt.
The pilot F/O Jan Orzechowski, Co Pilot P/O Stanislav Zeromski, Observer F/O
A. Golezewski, W/Op-Air Gnr P/O W. Gidaszewski and W/Op-Air Gnr. Sgt Edward D.
Ceglowski were all found with the wreck while Air Gnr. F/O Mieczyslaw Gorzenski
was found beside the tail. They were all laid to rest in Åbenrå cemetery on 5/3
1942. Participating in the graveside ceremony were Danish and German officials
as well as a Wehrmacht guard of honour.
Sources : FAF, T-501, LBUK, UA,.BCL , JJ.
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