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Lancaster III ND478 crashed Faaborg 15/2 1944.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 97Sqn Bomber Command and was coded OF-Q.
T/O 17:05 Bourn. OP: Berlin.
Lancaster ND478 was attacked by a German night fighter from 9./NJG 3 flown by
Hauptmann Erhard Peters while flying at 6000 metres altitude.
At 19:57 hours it exploded in the air and only two flyers managed to rescue
their lives by parachuting to safety.
The main part of the Lancaster fell to the ground in a meadow called “The Counts
Meadow” 150 metres south of Faaborg hospital while major parts also fell at a
location known as “The Sound” in Faaborg on the island of Fyn (Funen).
The bodies of Sgt Walter E. Brown, Sgt Ralph T. Charles, Sgt William D. French
and Sgt Arthur Pestell was found with the fuselage and were laid in white
painted coffins. They were laid to rest in Faaborg cemetery by the Wehrmacht
without ecclesiastical assistance on the morning of 18/2 1944.
The body of F/Sgt Robert D. Murdoch RAAF was found on “The Sound” and was laid
to rest in Faaborg cemetery on 6/3 1944.
Air Bomber P/O Leslie A. Stevens landed in parachute the garden of Faaborg
hospital and were admitted to the hospital for treatment. The next morning the
Wehrmacht picked him up. He was sent to Germany and ended up in Stalag Luft III
Pilot P/O J.F.McLean landed on Horne Land and stayed at large until 21/2 when he
at 06:30 hours approached a fishmonger in Nyborg and asked to be taken to the
hospital because he was sick. He was taken there and operated for a bleeding
stomach ulcer by Doctor Mogens V. Christiansen.
McLean stayed in the hospital
until early March when he was transferred to the German Lazaret in Fredericia.
Later he was sent to Germany and a camp near Stralsund believed to be Stalag
Luft I Barth. His health was however still bad and in September 1944 he was
repatriated back to England.
The memorial at The Sound
(Via Finn Buch)
(Via Finn Buch)
Fåborg cemetery 1944.
Fåborg cemetery 2012.
Sources: RL 19/458, AS 26-78, LBUK, TW, FAF, DFEV, OLCB, CWGC.
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