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Halifax V LK705 crashed at Klelund plantation 25/2-1944


The aircraft belonged to RCAF (RAF) 431 Sqn and was coded SE-X
T/o 20:27 Croft. OP: Gardening the Baltic Sea.


LK705 was attacked by a German night fighter piloted by Lt Lippert of IV./NJG 3 while flying at 5600 metres altitude and crashed at 23:43 hours in the Klelund plantation killing the crew of seven.
 


                                            (Mick Metcalf  D.F.C.)

The crew. Teddy Metcalf centre back row



They were Pilot F/S Edward C. Howey RCAF, Navigator F/S George E. Stevenson RCAF, Air Bomber F/S Alexander D. MacGillivray RAF, W.Op. Sgt Raymond L. Bates RAF, Air Gnr. Sgt Alexander M. Munro RCAF, Rear Gnr. Sgt Leo T. Wardell RCAF and Flt. Engr. Edward R. Metcalf.
 

 


                           (Mick Metcalf  D.F.C.)


 
They were laid to rest in two graves in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 3/3 1944.

 


                                          (Glejbjerg Lokalarkiv)
 

W.Op. Sgt Raymond L. Bates RAF

 


                                         (Glejbjerg Lokalarkiv)

Pilot F/S Edward C. Howey RCAF

 


                                   (Glejbjerg Lokalarkiv)

Flt. Engr. Edward R. Metcalf

 


                                  (Glejbjerg Lokalarkiv)

Air Gnr. Sgt Alexander M. Munro RCAF

 


                           (Glejbjerg Lokalarkiv)

Navigator F/S George E. Stevenson RCAF

 


                                 (Glejbjerg Lokalarkiv)

Rear Gnr. Sgt Leo T. Wardell RCAF

 


                            (Alan Beevers via Linda Ibrom)
                              

Air Bomber F/S Alexander D. MacGillivray RAF

 

Shortly after the crash a cross was erected on the crash site by Forrester Madsen and on 5/5 1946 a memorial stone was inaugurated on the same spot.

 


                            (Via Mick Metcalf  D.F.C.)


                              (Via Mick Metcalf  D.F.C.)


                                (Via Mick Metcalf  D.F.C.)

 


                          (Mick Metcalf  D.F.C.)

Metcalf and Vicar Østergaard at the inauguration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Sources: BE, CWGC, OK, Glejbjerg Local Archive, LBUK, TW, Nonnenmacher File,


 

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