Lancaster III PB143 crashed at Ingerslev / Estruplund 30/8
The aircraft belonged to RAF 514 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded JI-B.
T/o 21:05 Waterbeach. OP: Stettin.
After having passed over the east coast of Jylland heading east PB143 was
attacked by a German night fighter and severely damaged.
W/OP F/O Ronald F. Dell bailed out and landed in the sea. His dead body was
recovered from the sea near the island of Læsø on 6/9 and was laid to rest in
Frederikshavn cemetery on 12/9 1944.
Pilot P/O Thomas T. Charlton turned back towards west and reached land between
Ingerslev and Estruplund where the Lancaster hit the beach and exploded killing
Due to a 1000 lbs. MC bomb exploding, wreckage as well as human remains was spread
over a wide area.
The Wehrmacht did nothing to collect the human remains until a 500 lbs. bomb
that was found in the area had been detonated by the Wehrmacht.
This took about ten days.
Only then were the human remains collected. It was at first decided to bury
these where found but local people managed to get permission to bury the crew at
the nearby Estruplund cemetery.
On Sunday 17/9 1944 Assistant Priest C. M. Nielsen officiated at the graveside
He had together with several more local people participated in the task of
collecting the remains of the crew members.
The crew members laid to rest in Estruplund were: Pilot P/O Thomas T. Charlton,
Flt. Engr. Sgt Reginal W. Pomroy, Navigator Sgt Norman Stevens, Air Bomber Sgt
Kenneth M. Goodman, Air Gnr. Peter T. Devlin and Air Gnr. Walter E. Gibbs.
(Claus Madsen, Aalborg)
The grave at Estruplund cemetery
(Via Ib Lødsen)
A piece of the aircraft with a bullit hole
Sources: FAF, CWGC, LBUK, Loss Card, AIR27/1978.
Night of 29/30 August 1944
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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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