Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Lancaster III LM694 crashed Aastruplund 27/8 1944.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 166 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded AS-M.
T/O 20:45 Kimington. OP: Gardening Danzig Bay.

When flying over the Jylland peninsula on the return flight LM694 was attacked by a German night fighter and crashed at approx. 03:00-03:30 hours at Aastruplund northwest of Horsens with the loss of all onboard.
The Lancaster is believed to have been claimed by Major Horst-Günther Höfele of Stab III./ NJG 3 at 03:15 hrs.
The wreckage was spread over an area of 1000 x 500 metres. The main part of the fuselage and the two inboard engines was found in a 30 x 75 metres wide and 3 metres deep hole. The remains of the crew were found in the general area. German soldiers from the Wehrmacht barracks in Brædstrup arrived under command of Hauptfeldwebel Hein and sealed off the area in search for survivors.


           (Stuart Matthews)

Pilot F/L Frederick J. Dee

The crew of Lancaster LM694 were: Pilot F/L Frederick J. Dee, Flt. Engr. P/O Jack White, Navigator F/O James B. Russell RCAF, W/Op Sgt William A. Holt, Air bomber F/O George W. Palmer, Air Gnr. F/S Jacob R. Schafer RCAF and Air Gnr. F/S John E. Fitzgerald DFM RCAF.

On 30/8 1944 they were buried in Gl. Rye cemetery by members of the Wehrmacht.

The German Stabsarzt und Truppenarzt of Fl.H.Kdtr. A/102/XI PLatz Kdo. Rye issued a “Totenschein” but was only able to identify White, Schafer and F. B. Lewis ???.


Cross at the crashsite made from aircraft remains






   (Stuart Matthews)

Pilot F/L Frederick J. Dee


           (Via Ole Rønnest)

Sources: Gl. Rye church book, LBUK, BCL, Police report Horsens, LW.


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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