Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Lancaster III ED614 crashed Vester Vedsted 21/4-1943.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 103 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded PM-G.
T/o 21:41 Elsham Wolds. Op: Stettin.

At midnight the Lancaster was seen on fire over Vester Vedsted while being fired at by a German night fighter piloted by Hauptman Baer of 4./NJG 3 with the crew of Feldwebel Lingen and Oberfeldwebel Heise.
At 00:02 the tail broke off the Lancaster which fell to the ground.


The church of Vester Vedsted can just be seen behind the trees on the dike.



When local people arrived on the scene they heard a moaning from the tail of the aircraft and it turned out that the tail gunner F/Sgt Patrick J. Cramer RAAF was still alive. He was taken to Ribe hospital where he perished later on the same night.


       (Berenice Wood via Anne Storm)

Tail gunner F/Sgt Patrick J. Cramer RAAF.


   (Henry Pedersen)

Wop / Air Gnr. Sgt. Arthur Daley DFM


The whole crew were laid to rest in Fourfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 30/4.


Apart from Cramer it were: Pilot P/O George M. Pettigrew , Flt. Engr. Sgt. James Cooper, Wop / Air Gnr. F/O Arthur Daley DFM, Air Gnr. Sgt. Raymond G. Elkins, Bomb Aimer Sgt. Archibald I. Mackay and Observer Sgt. Walter D. Ramsay.


A memorial was inaugurated at the crashsite on 21/4 2012











Sources: LBUK, RL 19/455+456, BE, Nonnenmacher file


The night of 20/21 April 1943

Halifax II JB930 crash landed near Esbjerg 20/4-1943

Lancaster III ED620 crashed near Stadil 20/4-1943

Lancaster III ED614 crashed Vester Vedsted 21/4-1943

Unknown Lancaster crashed Strandgården farm, Halskov 21/4-1943

Stirling III BK714 crashed Tarp, Esbjerg 21/4-1943

Stirling III BF508 crashed in Fænøsund on 21/4 1943

Halifax II DT747 crashed Hjertingvej road in Sædding, Esbjerg 21/4-1943

Lancaster III ED557 believed crashed Store Bælt 21/4-1943

Stirling I R9261 crashed by Kongsmark on 21/41943

Halifax II HR722 crashed Store Bælt off Drøsselbjerg Klint 21/4-1943

Halifax II HR712 crashed Store Bælt near Slipshavn 21/4-1943

Stirling III BF463 crashed in Store Bælt off Halskov on 21/4 1943

Lancaster III ED818 crashed Vresen Ø 21/4-1943

Stirling III BF506 shot down by Bøgballe on 21/4 1943

Lancaster I W4330 crashed Vestbirk 21/4-1943

Halifax II HR714 crashed in the tidal area off the island of Mandø 21/4 1943.

Stirling III BK698 shot down over The North Sea on 21/4 1943

Stirling III BF476 crash-landed at Kragelund Fælled North of Vejle on 21/4 1943

Lancaster ED709 crashed Ringkøbing Fjord 21/4 1943


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