Airwar over Denmark

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Lancaster I R5616 crashed in the tidal area south of the island of Mandø 17/8-1942.


The aircraft belonged to RAF 207 Sqn. and was coded EM-J.
T/O 21:00 Bottesford. OP: Gardening Geranium.


At 02:58 Lancaster R5616 was attacked by a German night fighter piloted by Major Günther Radusch of Stab II./ NJG 3 and crashed burning in the tidal area 200 metres south of the Island of Mandø.


                                       (Rita Lauridsen)

The German commander with the wreckage


Only FLt. Engr. Sgt Jack Read managed to get out of the Lancaster before it crashed, and landed in his parachute in deep water at Sønder Hoved east of Mandø.
He had broken an ankle but managed to get up on dry land and dug into a haystack outside the dike on the south side of the island. By mid morning he was found by local people and placed on a horse drawn cart half filled with hay and brought to the Luftwaffe lookout post on the island.
The Germans under the command of Hans Baumgarten took very well care of him, until he at 16:00 at low tide was brought over to the main land and to the Luftwaffe airfield in Esbjerg.
The day after he was taken by ambulance to Schleswig and on to Hohemark hospital at Dulag Luft in Oberursel by train.

 


                   (Read war time log)

Jack Read


Here he stayed until 28/11 when he was sent by train to Obermasfeld Reserve Lazarett 1249 Stalag IXC. On 6/7-1943 he was sent by train to Holsdorf and on to Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug. On 15/7-1944 he was sent by box car to Stalag 357 Thorn in Poland. On 10/8 he was sent on a two day train ride for Stalag 357 Fallingbostel near Celle.

 


                        (Via Finn Buch)

The crew

The rest of the crew of Lancaster R5616 perished and were laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery, Esbjerg on 22/8-1942.
They were Pilot P/O Anthony J. Southwell, Air Observer F/O Dennis J. Quinlan RCAF, W/Op-Air Gnr. F/O Wilfrid M. Edmonds RAAF, W/Op-Air Gnr. Sgt Robert Robson, Air Gnr.Sgt Thomas Douglas and Air Gnr. F/Sgt John A. McLean RCAF.

 


                     (Via Finn Buch)

Air Observer F/O Dennis J. Quinlan RCAF

 


    (Michael (Quinlan) Bean)

Air Observer F/O Dennis J. Quinlan RCAF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: CWGC, AS 65-76, LBUK, TW, Read war time log, Theodor Hansen, Esbjerg, RL 19/454.

 

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