Airwar over Denmark

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Lancaster I PA163 crashed into Lovns Bredning bay 29/8 1944.


The aircraft belonged to PAF (RAF) 300 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded BH-M.
T/o 21:08 Faldingworth. OP: Stettin.


When flying over Lovns Bredning Pilot F/L P. W. Wasik saw a bomber go down ahead of him shortly before Lancaster PA163 was attacked by a German night fighter. Wasik tried to evade the attack but PA163 was hit and exploded in the air throwing Wasik clear of the wreckage. PA163 crashed into Lovns Bredning at approximately 23:30 hours.
 


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Lancaster I PA163


 
By instinct Wasik pulled the parachute handle and floated down towards Lovns Bredning half unconscious. The meeting with the water woke him up and he released the parachute harness and inflated his Mae West. He started swimming in the direction of Alstrup church which he had noticed on the way down. When he came to the shore at Vester Elkjær, he walked to the church and hid in the chapel where he tried to dry his clothes.
In the morning Wasik left the chapel and soon met with the Graversen`s, a brother and sister living not far from the church. They did not speak English but asked him in and feed him while Substitute teacher Erik Larsen was called for.
Larsen promised Wasik to help him and called Teacher Bjerre Kristensen of Ranum and asked for his assistance. He agreed and called Hotel owner Bjerrehus who in turn contacted Oscar Petersen in Aalborg. It was agreed that Wasik should be brought to Drastrup co-op 15 kilometres south of Aalborg where he would be met by an ambulance and taken to Aalborg.
At Alstrup Wasik was put on a bicycle, given instruction on driving in the right hand side of the road and pointed in the direction of Ranum.
 
In Ranum Wasik was met by Teacher Dueholm who would follow him to Drastrup. The ambulance arrived in Drasturp before Wasik and it was a bit difficult to explain to onlookers that it had come to pick up a patient who suffered from acute appendicitis when the patient was not actually there.
Wasik and Dueholm had hid in a ditch when they saw some German soldiers. After a while they were back on the road and met with Bjerrehus and the ambulance.
Wasik was placed in it and taken to Suensonsgade road in Aalborg where he stayed for a couple of days. He was then handed over to Adam Nicolaisen who was head of the local escape organisation. A lunch was prepared and Doctor Scherwin was called to treat Wasik`s wounds.
The next day Wasik was moved to the village Albæk southwest of Sæby where he would stay by Rural dean A. Hindsholm until he was picked up by Constable Kaj Mortensen.
Mortensen took him to Sæby and handed him over to Constable Andres Poulsen who would house him until he could be sent to Sweden. Poulsen was a constable by the coastal police and in the evening when he was on duty, Wasik came along to his office where they spent the night playing cards. The weather turned nasty and it was not possibly to sail to Sweden until the following evening of 9/9 when Wasik was sailed to Sweden by Skipper Jens “Asaa” Jensen onboard the fishing vessel “Laura”.


The rest of the crew onboard Lancaster PA163 all died when it exploded.
On the morning of 30/8 it was reported that the body of one of the crew was found. The body could not be identified.
On 31/8 at 10:00 hours a body was reported found washed ashore.
It was laid to rest in Aalestrup cemetery as an unknown flyer together with the crew of Lancaster LH184 at 06:00 hours on the morning of 1/9 1944. It was either Bomb aimer F/Sgt Josef J. Rutkiewicz or W/OP F/Sgt Jan Stolowski.
In the village all the flags were at half-mast and at noon the local constable received a call from the Gestapo in Aalborg telling him to have the flags removed within half an hour. Otherwise the flag owners would be arrested and prosecuted. The flags were removed.

 


  (Aalestrup Lokalarkiv)

 


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The graves at Aalestrup cemetery


 


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F/Sgt Josef J. Rutkiewicz
 


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W/OP F/Sgt Jan Stolowski
 


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Navigator F/O Marian W. Pretkiewicz

On 6/9 the body of Navigator F/O Marian W. Pretkiewicz was found washed ashore at Lovns Enge 16 kilometres west of Aalestrup. He was laid to rest in Aalestrup cemetery on 7/9 1944.

 


                                 (Per Dantoft)

Flt.Engr. F/Sgt Walerian Cent


On 14/9 1944 Flt.Engr. F/Sgt Walerian Cent was laid to rest in Aalestrup cemetery.
 

 


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Mid upper gunner F/Sgt Jan Madracki

The body of Mid upper gunner F/Sgt Jan Madracki was found washed ashore near Sundstrup and was laid to rest in Aalestrup cemetery on 17/9 1944.

 


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Tail gunner F/Sgt Zdzislaw Kardasiewicz

Tail gunner F/Sgt Zdzislaw Kardasiewicz was laid to rest in Aalestrup cemetery on 20/9 1944.

All of the above were buried by the German Wehrmacht without ecclesiastical assistance

After the war the wreck of Lancaster PA163 was recovered from the bottom of Lovns Bredning and brought ashore on the beach near Hvalpsund dock. On 25/7 1945 it was reported that the body of a flyer was found in the wreck. The body was taken to the chapel of Lovns and examined by the police and a doctor. On 28/7 1945 the flyer was laid to rest in Aalestrup cemetery. It was either Bomb aimer F/Sgt Josef J. Rutkiewicz or W/OP F/Sgt Jan Stolowski.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Sources: LBUK, AS 46/217, Søren Ulrich Thomsen, Loun Parish register, AIR 27/1658, DFEV.

 

Night of 29/30 August 1944

Groups

Squadrons

Combats

Lancaster I PA163 crashed into Lovns Bredning bay 29/8 1944

Lancaster I LM184 crashed Aalestrup 29/8 1944

Lancaster III PB202 crashed at Førby Hede heath 30/8 1944

Lancaster X KB709 crashed in the sea of Kattegat 6 miles off the island of Anholt 30/8 1944

Lancaster III PB143 crashed at Ingerslev / Estruplund 30/8 1944

Lancaster III NE144 ditched in the sea of Kattegat off the island of Anholt 30/8 1944

Lancaster III EE193 crashed in the sea of Kattegat 30/8 1944

Lancaster I ME718 crashed at Ove 30/8 1944

Lancaster III PB436 crashed Gunderup 30/8 1944

Lancaster I LM116 crashed near Karup 30/8 1944

Lancaster III LM479 crashed Dejbjerg 30/8 1944

 


 

 

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