Lancaster III ED620 crashed near Stadil 20/4-1943.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 49 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded EA-K.
T/o 21:47 Fiskerton. Op: Stettin.
Outbound when crossing the Danish west coast north of Ringkøbing ED620 was fired
at by flak from the radar position Ringelnatter and 5./H.K.B.180 and was hit in
the left hand wing which caught fire.
At 23:35 the pilot Sgt Adam Anderson crash landed the aircraft close to Stadil
church ending up in a water filled channel to the north east of the church.
(Bent Bogø Anthonisen)
The sad remains of ED620
Flt. Engr. Sgt. Adam Telfer, Air Bomber Sgt. William A. Cook and W.Op / Air Gnr. Sgt.
Gordon J. Evans were found death by the aircraft while Anderson badly wounded
was taken to the hospital in Ringkøbing where he perished two hours after being
They were all laid to rest in Lemvig cemetery on 24/4-1943.
(Via Finn Buch)
William A. Cook
The funeral in Lemvig
The three remaining crew members were all wounded and were brought to Ringkøbing
hospital for treatment.
The rear gunner Sgt George Barclay suffered from a broken arm and leg and
possible damage to his spine. Air Gnr. Sgt Jim Heyworth suffered from burns
while Navigator Sgt George Boulton suffered badly from a bullet wound in the leg
and from five fractures to his lower jaw. It was found necessary to amputate the
leg and a Jaw specialist and a dentist was brought in from Aarhus to treat the
On the next morning the German Stabsarzt und Truppenartz Podnik from the Rom
airfield showed up and took Barcley and Heyworth with him to the Luftwaffen
Lazarett in Aarhus.
Later they were sent to Germany and the POW camps. Barclay was sent to Stalag
IXcMühlhausen, Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug and to Stalag 357 Thorn/Fallingbostel
while Heyworth was sent to Stalag Luft I Barth,Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug and
Stalag Luft IV Gross Tychow.
On 10/5 the Wehrmacht ordered Boulton taken by ambulance to Herning where he was
placed on a stretcher in a railway wagon and taken to the German Lazarett in
Aarhus. After a while he was sent to Germany and various hospitals and on to
Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug where he was forced to walk two or three miles to the
camp from the railway station despite the fact that he had one leg amputated
above the knee. On 13/5-1944 he was repatriated back to England because of his
Sgt George Boulton
Sources: Police report, LBUK, RL 19/455+456, BCL, CWGC, AIR 27/481, AIR
20/9162, FO 916/526-WO 309/80 from PRO, UA.
The night of 20/21 April 1943
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island of Mandø 21/4 1943.
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