Lancaster I W4330 crashed Vestbirk 21/4-1943.
The aircraft belonged to RAAF (RAF) 460 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded UV-H.
T/o 21:39 Breighton OP : Stettin
While returning from Stettin W4330 was picked up on radar while over Denmark and
attacked by a German JU 88 night fighter from 12./NJG 3piloted by Oberleutnant
Helt with the crew of Unteroffizier Reinhold and Oberfeldwebel Hübner. They
operated from Grove and were controlled by the radar "ADLER".
The Lancaster caught fire and at 03:12 it hit the ground near Vestbirk in a
field belonging to Farmer Mrs. Anna Skovbølling and exploded on impact killing
the crew of seven.
The crash was reported to the Danish police at 03:45 and they secured the area.
(Via Ole Kraul)
On 05:20 the German commander of Ry airfield Major van Stetten arrived with a
platoon of soldiers and took over the guard duty.
The crew consisting of Pilot F/Sgt Kenneth James RAAF, F/Sgt Brian Finnane RAAF,
F/Sgt Bruce H. Harvey RAAF, F/O Edward A. Mahoney RAAF, Sgt William D. Mayoh,
F/Sgt Bruce M. Muir RAAF and Sgt Ben Smith were all laid to rest in Fovrfelt
cemetery in Esbjerg on 30/4-1943.
(Via Ole Kraul)
From left to right: F/Sgt Bruce M. Muir RAAF, Sgt William D. Mayoh,
F/Sgt Brian Finnane RAAF, Pilot F/Sgt Kenneth James RAAF
F/Sgt Bruce H. Harvey RAAF, sitting down
Sources: LBUK,RL 19/455+456, BE, Report Voer & Nim police, Dr.Theo Boiten,
The night of 20/21 April 1943
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