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Lancaster III PB292 crashed Høgsholt near Vejle 27/8-1944.


The aircraft belonged to RAF 83 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded OL-S.
T/O 20:30 Coningsby. OP: Königsberg.


On the return flight over the Jylland peninsula PB292 was attacked by a German night fighter piloted by Ofhr Gerhard Wartenborger of 4./NJG 3 at approx. 03:30 hrs. The Lancaster caught fire and finally exploded in the air. The wreckage fell to the ground at Høgsholt northwest of Vejle covering several sq. kilometres with debris’s.



                       (Vejle Byarkiv)

The tail of PB292


Most fell in fields belonging to Farmers Svend Guldborg and Richard Jensen. Three bodies were found among the wreckage and one was found in a machinegun turret near Leerbæk Gård farm. A fifth flyer was found near Fruens Møllested with a hole in the deployed parachute.
 
The Danish police found Airbomber W/O Raymond (Ray) E. Page unharmed not far from the crashsite and took him to the police station in Vejle from where the Germans collected him.
He was sent to Dulag Luft in Oberursel near Frankfurt a.M for interrogation and after about two weeks he was sent to Stalag Luft VII Bankau where he was from September 1944 to 19/1 1945. The prisoners was then force marched to Stalag IIIA at Luckenwalde where Page arrived on 8/2-45. He stayed here until liberation.

 

 


   (Sue Shore nee Page)

Airbomber W/O Raymond (Ray) E. Page

 


 (Sue Shore nee Page)

 


 (Sue Shore nee Page)

 


 (Sue Shore nee Page)

 


 (Sue Shore nee Page)

 


 (Sue Shore nee Page)

 

 

Pilot S/Ldr James V. Verran RNZAF DFC was found in the house of Richard Jensen, Høgsholt. Verran was suffering from wounds and burns and an ambulance was called to take him to the Vejle City and County hospital in Vejle.
On 2/9 the Wehrmacht moved him to the German Lazarett in Fredericia.
When he had recovered on 14/11-44, he was moved to Dulag Luft in Oberursel for questioning and on 18/12-44 sent to Obermassfeld Hospital in Obermassfeld Meiningen where he stayed until 30/2-45.
1/3-45 to 5/4-45 was spend in OFLAG III at Nürnberg. He was then marched to Stammlager VIIIA at Moosburg where he stayed from 23/4-45 to 29/4-45 when he was released.

 


 (Aase Olesen via Sue Shore nee Page)

Pilot S/Ldr James V. Verran RNZAF DFC

 


 

Those who died were Rear gunner P/O Keith G. Tennent RAAF, Mid upper gunner F/Lt William E. Frew DFC, W/op F/Sgt Alwyn V. Howarth, Navigator S/Ldr A.S. Perkins DFC and Flt. Engr. F/Sgt Bert Smith.

 

Rear gunner P/O Keith G. Tennent RAAF

 


 (Douglas Johnston, Canada)

Navigator S/Ldr A.S. Perkins DFC

 

 


 (Douglas Johnston, Canada)

 


 (Douglas Johnston, Canada)

 


 (Douglas Johnston, Canada)

 


 (Douglas Johnston, Canada)

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 (Douglas Johnston, Canada)

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 (Douglas Johnston, Canada)

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Letter from the vicar in Randbøl to Perkins family.

 


 (Douglas Johnston, Canada)

Picture of Randbøl Church, arrow pointing at the grave.

 

 

The dead bodies were left lying in the fields for several days before they were taken to Fliegerhorst Vejle (Vandel) and buried. Their graves carrying a black cross with a German inscription were found in the summer of 1945 by labourer Alfred Nielsen.

 


            (Niels Schaiffel Nielsen Archive)

 


          (Niels Schaiffel Nielsen Archive)

 


          (Niels Schaiffel Nielsen Archive)

 


                       (Vandel bunkermuseum)

A white cross with a Danish inscription was erected instead of the black German cross and on 5/5 1946 a ceremony was held by the graves.



          (Niels Schaiffel Nielsen Archive)

 


          (Niels Schaiffel Nielsen Archive)

 


          (Niels Schaiffel Nielsen Archive)

 


          (Niels Schaiffel Nielsen Archive)

 


          (Niels Schaiffel Nielsen Archive)

 


          (Niels Schaiffel Nielsen Archive)

 


          (Niels Schaiffel Nielsen Archive)

 



 
                     (Via Finn Buch)

 

On 8/9 1946 they were moved to Randbøl cemetery and given a proper Christian funeral. Ever since then a memorial service have been held in the Randbøl church on the evening of 4. May. This was the evening in 1945 when Denmark received the message of Germans surrender.

 

 

 

 

The above original English crosses now belongs to Randbøl Parish Local archive but can be seen at Vandel Bunker Museum.

 

The graves at Randbøl cemetery today

This memorial was erected on Randbøl Churchyard by the Parish of Randbøl/Vandel on 31/8-1947

 


 (Aase Olesen via Sue Shore nee Page)

 


 (Aase Olesen)

Original memorial at the crashsite in the valley

 

Crashsite

 

Memorial at new location on valleyside at the  crashsite

 

In August 2013 the memorial stone was moved to a site next to Høgsholtvej 273 and on the evening of 27/8 2013 it was inaugurated and a wreath was laid by the Homeguard.

 


               (Peer Petersen)

 


             (Peer Petersen)

 

 


Sources: LBUK, Police report Vejle, OLCB.

 

26/27 August 1944

Lancaster I LM127 crashed in the North Sea 27/8 1944

Lancaster III PB180 crashed the in Baltic Sea 27/8 1944

Lancaster III PB302 ditched in the North Sea 27/8 1944

Lancaster III ND807 crashed in the sea off the island of Sejrø 27/8-1944

Lancaster III LM652 crashed in the sea of Kattegat 27/8 1944

Lancaster III PB292 crashed Høgsholt near Vejle 27/8-1944

Lancaster III LM694 crashed Aastruplund 27/8 1944

Lancaster I ME650 crashed at Sønder Grene near Skarrild 27/8 1944

 

 

 

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