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Lancaster III ND522 crashed northwest of the island of
The aircraft belonged to RAF 207 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded EM-J.
T/o 22:10 Spilsby OP: Gardening the Baltic.
When ND522 on its return flight, was approaching the Danish coastline south of Esbjerg at 3000 metres,
it was attacked by a German night fighter of Stab IV. /NJG 3 piloted by
The Lancaster exploded in the air at 01:39 hours local Danish time and crashed into the sea
between the islands of Mandø and Fanø.
Pilot F/O P.E. Walshe RNZAF and Mid upper gunner Sgt M.J. Simpson RCAF managed to
get clear of the wreckage and parachuted to safety. They entered the island of Mandø and approached a summer house owned by Johanne Nielsen but occupied by the
Wehrmacht and used to recreation. The flyers were immediately made POW`s by the
recreating German soldiers.
Before noon on 22/5 the body of Flt. Engr. Sgt John A. Freemann was found and
brought to Mandø where it was placed in the church. On 27/5 he was laid to rest
in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg.
Navigator F/O Harold J. Larby, Air Bomber F/S Bernard C. Mattocks, W/Op Sgt John
McD Campbell and Air Gnr. Sgt Ernest L. Watts have no known graves and are
commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Sources: LBUK, Theodor Hansen, CWGC, BE, BCL.
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