Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

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Lancaster III NE167 crashed in the Baltic Sea near Swinemünde 17/8-1944.


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.

 


             (Birger Bendtsen)

 


             (Birger Bendtsen)

 

 
             (Birger Bendtsen)

 


   (Michal Mucha)

 


   (Michal Mucha)

 


   (Michal Mucha)

 


   (Michal Mucha)

 


   (Michal Mucha)

 


   (Michal Mucha)

Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, Poland

 



Sources: CWGC, UA, Ministry of Defense, London, BCL, Kriegstagesbuch des Kommandanten im Abschnitt Dänische Inseln. 

 

 

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