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Lancaster I LM184 crashed Aalestrup 29/8 1944.


The aircraft belonged to RAF 90 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded WP-K.
T/o 21:07 Tuddenham. OP: Stettin.


Lancaster LM184 was claimed by a German night fighter and crashed at approximately 23:20 hours at Hvam Mark just south of the village of Aalestrup. The Lancaster exploded in the air and was found spread over a vide area.
 
When daylight came the remains of 7 flyers were found. Six of them were placed in one coffin and the body of the seventh in a separate coffin.
 
On 1/9 1944 at 06:00 hours the German Wehrmacht buried them together with a flyer from Lancaster PA163 at Aalestrup cemetery as unknown flyers without ecclesiastical assistance.
 


             (Aalestrup Lokalarkiv)

 


  (Aalestrup Lokalarkiv)

 


  (Aalestrup Lokalarkiv)

The graves at Aalestrup cemetery


 
All the flags in the village 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.
 
The flyers were Pilot F/L David H. Sumsion, Flt. Engr. Sgt Douglas W. Henry Davey, Navigator F/O Jack Leadbeater, Air bomber F/O Henry E. Allmann, W.Op/Air Gnr. Sgt Eric R. Atkinson, Air Gnr. Sgt Albert E. Hall and Air Gnr. F/Sgt John M. Turachek.
 

 

Aalestrup Cemetery
The graves as seen today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 



Sources: LBUK, UA, Søren U. Thomsen, AS 46-217, AIR 27/732.

 

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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