Airwar over Denmark

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Lancaster R5679 crashed near Grønhøj on 25/9-1942.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 61 Sqn. and was coded QR-?
T/O 19:50 Syerston. OP: Gardening Sweet Peas.

While returning towards west over Jylland after having dropped mines in the Sweet Pea area south east of Lolland Falster Lancaster R5679 was attacked by a German night fighter from II./NJG 3 piloted by Oberleutnant Elstermann.

At 01:22 hours the Lancaster crashed near Grønhøj to the north of Fliegerhorst Grove. Before the crash one crewmember had managed to get out of the Lancaster, but apparently his parachute did not get enough time to deploy properly, and in the afternoon he was found dead in a chicken run approx. 300 metres west of Grønhøj Inn.

The crew which consisted of Pilot Sgt Lewis Wilson Morrison, Flgt Engr. Sgt Cedric Nils Coldicott, Nav. F/Sgt John Alvin Duffield RCAF, Wop Sgt Edwin Dyson, Bomb aimer Sgt Alexander McGee Cormack, Mug Sgt Thomas Ralph Bewan and Rg Sgt William Young Emerslund RCAF were all laid to rest in Frederikhavn cemetery on 29/9-42.


                           (Bill Emerslund)


                (Bill Emerslund)

Rg Sgt William Y. Emerslund


              (David Geddes)

Pilot Sgt Lewis W. Morrison











In 2013 an memorial for the crew was inaugurated in Grønhøj between the museum for the "Potato Germans" and the coming "Morten Koch" museum approximately 1½-2 kilometers off the crashsite.

Sources: LBUK, AS 57-114, RL 19/454+455, CWGC, KF.


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