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
Wood via Anne Storm)
Tail gunner F/Sgt Patrick J. Cramer RAAF.
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
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