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Lancaster III PB527 crashed in the North Sea 16/9-1944.


The aircraft belonged to RCAF (RAF) 405 Sqn Bomber Commando and was coded LQ-K.
T/O 22:35 Gransden Lodge. OP: Kiel.


The aircraft must have crashed in the North Sea.
 
Pilot F/Lt Ronald W. Long rest in Fovrfeld cemetery in Esbjerg. Where and when he was found and when he was laid to rest is not clear.

The Germans found the body of W/Op-Air Gnr. F/S Alan W. Gowdey RAF on the beach near Sønderho and buried it on the site on 1/10 1944. They placed a wooden cross with his name and rank on the grave.
On 15/6-1945 the body was exhumed and taken to Sønderho cemetery where it was laid to rest on 17/5-1945.

Flt. Engr. Sgt Ronald I. York RAF, Navigator F/L Robert Brook DFC RAF, Air Bomber P/O Gordon J. Edwards DFC RAF, W/OP F/S William D. Leavesley and Air Gnr. WO2 John Raike has no known graves and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

It should be questioned if it is actually F/Lt Long who rest in grave A 13 31 as the person resting there was laid to rest on 3/5 1944.
There is found no evidence that this person was later moved and Long placed in the grave.

 


                           (Via Henry Pedersen)

Pilot F/Lt Ronald W. Long

 


                                  (Via Henry Pedersen)

Pilot F/Lt Ronald W. Long

 

 



Sources: BCL, CWGC, FAF, BE.
 

 

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