Lancaster I ME718 crashed at Ove 30/8 1944.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 115 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded KO-G.
T/o 21:14 Witchford. OP:Stettin.
ME718 was attacked by a German night fighter and caught fire. At approx. 00:10
hours it crashed near Ove northeast of Hobro killing all onboard. The bomb load
exploded when the Lancaster hit the ground spreading wreckage and human remains
over a wide area. The Germans did not want to collect the human parts and left
them in the field.
The locals were abused by this behaviour and collected the
remains in wickerwork baskets. The Wehrmacht ordered the Danes to hand the
baskets over, and these were thrown in the crater at the crash site and covered
it. When the Germans had left the area, the locals together with members of the
Civil Air Defence opened the crater and placed the remains in a coffin which was
driven to Ove church.
On 4/9 1944 the flyers were laid to rest in Ove cemetery
unknown to the Wehrmacht, Vicar A. Bundgård officiating at the graveside
The crew was: Pilot F/Lt Edward Chatterton RCAF, Flt. Engr. Sgt Bernard Farndale,
Air bomber Anthony Michael Kovacich RCAF, Navigator P/O William George Sankey, W/Op Sgt
Leslie Taylor, Air Gnr. P/O John Couzens Reeb, Air Gnr. Sgt Donald Bullock.
Source: FAF, LBUK, FT, AIR 27/892.
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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