Airwar over Denmark

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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 Sagan.

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.

 


   (Finn Buch)

Fåborg cemetery 2012.

 


   (Finn Buch)

 


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Sources: RL 19/458, AS 26-78, LBUK, TW, FAF, DFEV, OLCB, CWGC.
 

 

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