Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Lancaster I NG233 crashed in the sea of Kattegat 12/3 1945.

The aircraft belonged to RCAF (RAF) 433 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded BM-E.
T/o 17:46 Skipton.on-Swale. O/p:Gardening Kattegat.

NG233 was attacked by a German JU 88G-6 nightfighter coded D5+AL and piloted by Hauptmann Eduard Schröder of 1./ NJG 3 with the crew of Hessenmüller, Zeinert and Brunsendorf and at 21:27 hours the Lancaster crashed burning into the sea off As Hoved on position 55`44`38N 10`08`20E killing the crew of seven.

The body of Air Bomber F/O Arthur V. Plante was found washed ashore in As Vig on 27/5. He was laid to rest in Horsens cemetery on 31/5. On 3/8 1945 a memorial was erected. Mosignore Olrik held a speech and blessed the grave in accordance with Catholic rites. Present were the towns Mayor J. Chr. Juliussen and a RAF officer from Aarhus.


Plantes grave at Horsens Vestre Cemetery


             (Via Geraldine Chase)

The rest of the crew have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. They were: Pilot F/O James P. Farrell, W/Op P/O George A. Kennedy, Flt. Engr. Sgt Thomas Orr RAF, Mid Upper Gunner F/Sgt Daniel W. Hodge, Rear Gunner F/Sgt Thomas C. Pierson and Navigator F/Sgt James H. Wilson.

Sources: FT, FAF, BCL, CWGC, The Lighthouse Directorate, Flugbuch Schröder.


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