Lancaster III PB202 crashed at Førby Hede heath 30/8 1944.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 582 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded 60-E.
T/O 21:10 Little Staughton. OP: Stettin.
582 Squadron was part of No. 8 Group Pathfinder Force that had the task of
marking the target for the rest of the Bomber command aircrafts. The load
consisted of 3 1000 lbs. bombs and 10x4x7 inch flares.
When the Lancaster approached the Danish west coast it was picked up by the
radar of 8./Ln.Rgt.222 Habicht based at Hjardemål.
The radar lead a German Ju 88G-1 night fighter piloted by Unteroffizier Bruno
Rupp of 4./NJG 3 towards the Lancaster. The other two crewmembers of the Ju 88G-1
were Eckert and Biell.
Rupp attacked the Lancaster at 3600 metres and at 00:01 hours Lancaster PB202
crashed at Førby Hede heath. It came down vertically north of Førby Sø lake
killing all onboard. It was Rupp`s eleventh claim.
(Via Jørn Junker)
During the next day, the Wehrmacht buried the deceased flyers not far from the
crash site and placed a simple wooden cross on the grave.
(Via Erik Michael Andersen)
Pilot Sqn Ldr. Allan Leonard Farrington
Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner P/O Henry Silverwood DFM
Navigator F/Lt Lorne Vincent Tyndale
The crew were:
Pilot Sqn Ldr. Allan Leonard Farrington 40046. Son of Cyril Hawley Farrington
and Ellie Farrington. Married to Alison Jean Farrington nee Barbour of Balgowlah,
Flight Engineer F/O George R. Bradley DFM 53275.
Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner P/O Henry Silverwood DFM 56185. 24 years old. Son
of Arthus and Mary Jerome Silverwood of Shipley, Yorkshire.
Mid upper Gunner F/Sgt Douglas Edward John Stevens 1576847. 20 years old. Son of
John Richard and Sarah Stevens of Yardley, Birmingham. Married to Winifred
Rear gunner F/O Charles Fullerton Steward DFM 169048. 22 years old. Son of
William and Sarah Black Steward of Clogher, Co. Tyrone.
Navigator F/Lt Alfred Carman Strout (RCAF) J/9481 of Pembroke, Ontario, Canada.
Navigator F/Lt Lorne Vincent Tyndale (RCAF) J/13758 of Winnipeg, Manitoba,
On 8/9 a team of three trucks and personel of Nordjydske Udrykningskolonne in Sindal arrived
to clean up the crash site after the Germans had removed the major parts of the
wreck including two engines.
(Via Bangsbo Museet)
An engine being recovered
The crashsite as seen today
After two days the team returned to Sindal after having cleaned up the place and
having recovered two engines. They had also found the time to give the grave a
more civilized look.
Head of Dunes Axel Rasmussen, Søholt had noticed where the German buried the
crew and informed the head of Police in Thisted about what had happened. After
the liberation of Denmark a fence was put around the grave to protect it from
On 3/2 1947 the remains of the crew were disinterred, placed in coffins and
taken to the nearby Nørre Vorupør Vestre cemetery.
Nørre Vorupør Vestre cemetery
Sources: UA, CWGC, AS 53-630, LBUK, AIR 27/2052, Beredskabsstyrelsen Nordjylland.
Night of 29/30 August 1944
Lancaster I PA163 crashed into Lovns
Bredning bay 29/8 1944
Lancaster I LM184 crashed Aalestrup
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
Lancaster III PB436 crashed Gunderup
Lancaster I LM116 crashed near Karup
Lancaster III LM479 crashed Dejbjerg
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