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Lancaster III NE167 crashed in the Baltic Sea near
The aircraft belonged to RAF 97Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded OF-Y.
T/o 21:21 Coningsby. OP: Gardening Stettin Bay.
A message was received from the aircraft at 01:22 hours while still over the
target area, stating that the aircraft was on fire and that the crew were
preparing to bail out.
The body of Rear gunner Sgt T M. Twomey was found washed ashore at Dueodde on
the island of Bornholm on 27/9 by the German Fluwa based there.
The German Dr. Runze was tasked with bringing the body to the chapel at
Petersker church where it was placed in a white coffin.
On 29/9 1944 at 11:00 hrs Twomey was laid to rest in Petersker cemetery with
full military honors. Parish Vicar Levy Blang officiated at the graveside
ceremony and a German guard of honor saluted the grave.
When the Germans had left, local people laid flowers on the grave.
Today Pilot W/Cdr E L. Porter, Navigator F/L John I. Rogerson, Flt. Engr. Sgt
Robin H.C. Burgess and Mid upper gunner F/S Jack D. Wells rest in Poznan Old
Garrison Cemetery in Poland while W/op F/L Harry Bean, Bomb Aimer W/O Leslie H.
Smith and Bomb Aimer W/O Charles A. Jones have no known graves and are
commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, Poland
Sources: CWGC, UA, Ministry of Defense, London, BCL, Kriegstagesbuch des
Kommandanten im Abschnitt Dänische Inseln.
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