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Lancaster I NG233 crashed in the sea of Kattegat 12/3
The aircraft belonged to RCAF (RAF) 433 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded BM-E.
T/o 17:46 Skipton.on-Swale. O/p:Gardening Kattegat.
NG233 was attacked by a German JU 88G-6 nightfighter coded D5+AL and piloted by
Hauptmann Eduard Schröder of 1./ NJG 3 with the crew of Hessenmüller, Zeinert
and Brunsendorf and at 21:27 hours the Lancaster crashed burning into the sea
off As Hoved on position 55`44`38N 10`08`20E killing the crew of seven.
The body of Air Bomber F/O Arthur V. Plante was found washed ashore in As Vig on
27/5. He was laid to rest in Horsens cemetery on 31/5. On 3/8 1945 a memorial
was erected. Mosignore Olrik held a speech and blessed the grave in accordance
with Catholic rites. Present were the towns Mayor J. Chr. Juliussen and a RAF
officer from Aarhus.
Plantes grave at Horsens Vestre Cemetery
(Via Geraldine Chase)
The rest of the crew have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede
Memorial. They were: Pilot F/O James P. Farrell, W/Op P/O George A. Kennedy,
Flt. Engr. Sgt Thomas Orr RAF, Mid Upper Gunner F/Sgt Daniel W. Hodge, Rear
Gunner F/Sgt Thomas C. Pierson and Navigator F/Sgt James H. Wilson.
Sources: FT, FAF, BCL, CWGC, The Lighthouse Directorate, Flugbuch Schröder.
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