Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

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Lancaster III JB725 crashed near Jelling 9/4 1944.


The aircraft belonged to RAF 57 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded DX-M.
T/o 21:23 East Kirkby. OP: Gardening the Baltic Sea.


On its way to the target area JB725 was attacked by a German night fighter piloted by Oberfeldwebel Rudolf Mangelsdorf from 12./NJG 3 while flying at 4000 metres altitude. The Lancaster caught fire, exploded in the air and crashed to the ground south of the village of Jelling at 23:48 hours killing the whole crew.
It crashed in a field belonging to farmer Jens Beck where it made a 15 by 5 metres crater 3 metres deep.

Human remains were spread over a wide area and it was not possibly to determine how many persons there had been in the aircraft.

On 15/4 1944 the remains of the crew was laid to rest in one grave in Fourfelt cemetery in Esbjerg.

The crew were: P/O Jack Finch RAAF, F/Sgt Francis J.H. Garrick, P/O Harold E. Quinn RCAF, F/Sgt Ian Albert Rands RAAF, Sgt John G. Robson, SGt Robert Smedley and Sgt Harry B. West.



 


(Hans Støjberg via Peer Petersen )

Sgt John G. Robson

 

 


  (Dieter Friedrich)

 

After the war a memorial stone was erected not far from the crash site.

 


             (Via Finn Buch)

The graves at Fovrfelt cemetery


          (John Cooke)

F/Sgt Ian Albert Rands RAAF

 

 

 

 

 




Sources: BE, LBUK, CWGC, Police report Vejle police, Nonnenmacher file.

 

On the night of 9/10 April 1944

Lancaster III JB725 crashed near Jellinge 9/4 1944

Lancaster III ND625 crashed Sejrø Bay 10/4 1944

Lancaster III JB600 crashed near Torrild 10/4 1944

Lancaster III ND420 crashed at Brande 10/4 1944

Lancaster III JB734 crashed near Gunderup 10/4-1944

Lancaster BI ME663 crashed Aale 10/4 1944

Lancaster III ND675 crashed near Filskov 10/4 1944

Lancaster III JB709 crashed into the North Sea 10/4-1944

Lancaster I ME688 crashed into the North Sea 10/4-1944

 

 

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