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Lancaster III EE180 crashed in The Baltic Sea South of
Langeland 24/8 1943.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 100 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded HW-D.
T/O 20:38 Grimsby. OP : Berlin.
It is believed that this is the Lancaster which Hauptmann Szameitat of 5./ NJG 3
claimed at 02:03 hours 110 kilometres east of Kappeln at 5.500 metres altitude.
It crashed in the sea with the loss of all onboard.
Pilot P/O Thomas Collins and Wireless Operator Sgt Woodward R. Acland have no
known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial while Navigator Sgt
Douglas J. Bigham, Air Bomber P/O Joseph A. Webb, Air Gnr. Sgt James H. Brown
RCAF and Air Gnr. Samuel J. McEllenborough rest in Kiel War cemetery.
On 23/9 the body of Flt. Engr. Sgt Norman Pendlebury was found washed ashore at
Ristinge Hale 7 kilometres east of Ristinge on the island of Langeland. It was
laid in a coffin and placed in Humble chapel. On 26/9 1943 Pendlebury was laid
to rest in Magleby cemetery.
Sources: TW, Nonnenmacher file, BCL, LBUK, CWGC, FAF.
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