Lancaster III EE117 crashed Ustrup 18/8-1943.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 619 Sqn and was coded PG-L.
T/o 21:51 Woodhall Spa. OP: Peenemünde.
While returning over Denmark EE117 was attacked by a Bf 110 night fighter at
3500 metre altitude. The night fighter was crewed by pilot Oberleutnant Hans
Meisner and funker Josef Krinner of 2./NJG 3.
Oberleutnant Hans Meisner
At 03:11 hours the Lancaster fell
to the ground in a field near Ustrup, 7 kilometres south west of Haderslev
killing all onboard.
The crew were Pilot Wing Cdr. Irwin J. McGhie, P/O Victor G. Stabell RAAF,
Flt.Engr. Sgt Peter J. Horsham, Navigator F/O Elmont G. Prest RCAF, Air Bomber
P/O Peter M. Goldsmith RAAF, W/Op-Air Gnr. Sgt Ford A. Thompson RCAF, Air Gnr.
Sgt William A. Mitchell and Air Gnr Sgt Alfred C. Chapman.
(Via Finn Buch)
Navigator F/O Elmont G. Prest RCAF
P/O Victor G. Stabell RAAF
They were all laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on 27/8 1943 even thou there is
a slight uncertainty concerning Stabell. He is recorded to have been laid to
rest with his comrades on 21/8 but is then again recorded to have been laid to
rest on 27/8 1943. This time in another grave.
It should be mentioned that the records from the cemetery in Aabenraa were
destroyed by the Germans at the end of was. Today only exist a few pages whish
had been stolen by a Dane.
A memorial stone have been erected near the crash site.
Sources: BA, LBUK, CWGC, BCL, TW.
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