Lancaster I LM184 crashed Aalestrup 29/8 1944.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 90 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded WP-K.
T/o 21:07 Tuddenham. OP: Stettin.
Lancaster LM184 was claimed by a German night fighter and crashed at
approximately 00:15 hours at Hvam Mark just south of the village of Aalestrup.
The Lancaster exploded in the air and was found spread over a vide area.
Ofw. Schmitt of 3. NJG 7 had a claim in square N/LT at 00:10 while Ltn Appel of
1.NJG 7 had a claim in N/LT-JT. Aalestrup is located in N/KT which is located
between LT and JT.
When daylight came the remains of 7 flyers were found. Six of them were placed
in one coffin and the body of the seventh in a separate coffin.
On 1/9 1944 at 06:00 hours the German Wehrmacht buried them together with a
flyer from Lancaster PA163 at Aalestrup cemetery as unknown flyers without
The graves at Aalestrup cemetery
All the flags in the village were at half-mast and at noon the local constable
received a call from the Gestapo in Aalborg telling him to have the flags
removed within half an hour. Otherwise the flag owners would be arrested and
prosecuted. The flags were removed.
The flyers were Pilot F/L David H. Sumsion, Flt. Engr. Sgt Douglas W. Henry
Navigator F/O Jack Leadbeater, Air bomber F/O Henry E. Allmann, W.Op/Air Gnr. Sgt Eric R. Atkinson, Air Gnr. Sgt Albert E. Hall and
Air Gnr. F/Sgt John M. Turachek.
The graves as seen today
Sources: LBUK, UA, Søren U. Thomsen, AS 46-217, AIR 27/732.
Night of 29/30 August 1944
Lancaster I PA163 crashed into Lovns
Bredning bay 29/8 1944
Lancaster I LM184 crashed Aalestrup
Lancaster III PB202 crashed at Førby
Hede heath 30/8 1944
Lancaster X KB709 crashed in the sea
of Kattegat 6 miles off the island of Anholt 30/8 1944
Lancaster III PB143 crashed at
Ingerslev / Estruplund 30/8 1944
Lancaster III NE144 ditched in the
sea of Kattegat off the island of Anholt 30/8 1944
Lancaster III EE193 crashed in the
sea of Kattegat 30/8 1944
Lancaster I ME718 crashed at Ove
Lancaster III PB436 crashed Gunderup
Lancaster I LM116 crashed near Karup
Lancaster III LM479 crashed Dejbjerg
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