Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Lancaster III EE180 crashed in The Baltic Sea South of Langeland 24/8 1943.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 100 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded HW-D.
T/O 20:38 Grimsby. OP : Berlin.

It is believed that this is the Lancaster which Hauptmann Szameitat of 5./ NJG 3 claimed at 02:03 hours 110 kilometres east of Kappeln at 5.500 metres altitude. It crashed in the sea with the loss of all onboard.


Hauptmann Szameitat

Pilot P/O Thomas Collins and Wireless Operator Sgt Woodward R. Acland have no known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial while Navigator Sgt Douglas J. Bigham, Air Bomber P/O Joseph A. Webb, Air Gnr. Sgt James H. Brown RCAF and Air Gnr. Samuel J. McEllenborough rest in Kiel War cemetery.

On 23/9 the body of Flt. Engr. Sgt Norman Pendlebury was found washed ashore at Ristinge Hale 7 kilometres east of Ristinge on the island of Langeland. It was laid in a coffin and placed in Humble chapel. On 26/9 1943 Pendlebury was laid to rest in Magleby cemetery.






Sources: TW, Nonnenmacher file, BCL, LBUK, CWGC, FAF.


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