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Lancaster I W4277 crashed Søst forest near Aabenraa 8/1-1943.
W4277 named Chris Columbus
From left: ?, Sgt Sydney Wright, Sgt A. Colonna, ?, F/Sgt Milton J. Paige, Sgt John Lightfoot, F/O A.G. Cameron
Inside and around the wreck was found a number of crewmembers who were laid to
rest in four graves in Aabenraa cemetery on 16/1-1943: Navigator F/O Andrew G.
Cameron, W/Op Sgt Adrian R. A. Colonna, Flt. Mech. Engines / Air Gnr. Sgt John H.
Lightfoot, Air Bomber Sgt Sydney Wright, Flt. Engr. Sgt Jonathan Hutchinson and
Air Gnr. Sgt Dennis B. Moog.
On 22/8-1943 a cross was erected on the crash site by a 22 year old clerk named
Christian Adolphsen and a friend. A plate on the cross read: Here died five
airmen while fighting for the sake of the free people 8/1-1943.
At the crashsite
Text on the stone: Here died 5 British flyers fighting for the sake of free people on January 8. 1943.
The crash site as seen in 1998
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