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Hampden I AD727 crashed in Kiel Bay off Buelk 12/6-1941.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 61 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded QR-?.
T/o 22:45 Hemswell OP: Gardening Kiel Bay.
AD727 was hit by flak and crashed into Kiel Bay off Buelk near Kiel. The crew of
four died. P/O Frederick A. Caunter-Jackson and F/S Patrick J. Breene have no
known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
John Bestwick now rests in Kiel War Cemetery while Pilot Peter H.H. Pritchard
rests in Kappel cemetery.
Pritchard was found drifted ashore on the beach one kilometre east of Maglehøj near Nakskov on 12/8. at 11:30 hours. With the body
was found a Mae-west, and 50 meters away an unopened parachute. The body was
taken to the chapel of Dannemare church, and the German Commander in Vordingborg
was notified. The Wehrmacht collected the body and laid it to rest in Kappel
cemetery on 15/8-1941. The German Field priest Graef officiated at the graveside
ceremony. A cross with the inscription:” Hier ruht der englische Flieger
Pritchard” was erected.
(Jes H. Ottesen)
Source: FAF, BCL, CWGC, AS, LBUK.
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