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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.


                                                        (Tønder Lokalarkiv)

 


                                                (Tønder Lokalarkiv)

 


 (Via Wojtek Matusiak)

 


 (Via Wojtek Matusiak)

 


 (Via Wojtek Matusiak)

 


 (Via Wojtek Matusiak)

 


 (Via Wojtek Matusiak)

 


The pilot F/O Jan Orzechowski, Co Pilot P/O Stanislaw Zeromski, Navigator F/O Alexander Golczewski, W/Op-Air Gnr P/O Walerian Gidaszewski and 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, Wojtek Matusiak.

 

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