Lancaster III ED818 crashed Vresen Ø 21/4-1943.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 12 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded PH-Y.
T/o Wickenby. OP : Stettin.
ED818 was hit by flak from III Zug I/lei 985 and crashed near Vresen Ø in the
Store Bælt at 02:28 hours.
Sgt Wallace J Colwill, Sgt Peake and Sgt Rummery.
On 21/4 the dead body of Sgt Laurence A. Rummery was found 300 metres south of
Langesand, Vresen and taken to Refsøre. On 23/4 the body was inspected by The
Wehrmacht in Svendborg hospital and on 27/4 1943 it was transported to Odense
where it was laid to rest on the same day.
Sqn Ldr J C Richards in his flying kit prior to the war
The body of the pilot Sqn/Ldr John C. Richards was retrieved from the sea off
Samsø island and was brought to Fredericia on 24/4. It was laid to rest in
Esbjerg cemetery on 30/4-1943 as an unknown airman.
In 1994 this was changed to “Believed to be Sqn. Ldr. John C. Richards” due to
investigations done by a Danish team.
On 5/5 the body of P/O Robert P. Cryer was found 100 metres south of the wreck
in the Store Bælt and taken to Nyborg where it was laid to rest in the cemetery.
The body of F/O Gordon F. Jones was found on the eastern side of the island of
Vresen on 1/6 and handed over to the German Wehrmacht on 3/6. It was taken to
Nyborg and laid to rest in Nyborg cemetery on 5/6-1943 at 07:30.
Sgt Fergus T. Peake was found on the beach of Røsnæs near Kalundborg on 17/7 and
was laid to rest in København Bispebjerg cemetery on 23/7-1943.
Air Gnr. Sgt Wallace J. Colwill and Flt. Engr. Sgt Harold Vivian Durrant have no
known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Sources: FAF, BCL, LBUK, RL 19/455+456, AS 24-104.
The night of 20/21 April 1943
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island of Mandø 21/4 1943.
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Lancaster ED709 crashed Ringkøbing Fjord 21/4 1943
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