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1945-04-21 The Loss of Nelis Guilonard Liberator KH410

Crash site: Nørlund Forest, Årestrup, 15 km North of Hobro, Jutland, DK

Crash cause: unknown. German Flak seems the most likely cause


1. Guilonard, Nicodême (Nelis)

N. Guilonard Source: SLH Aerestrup 051209 Guilonard N


Ltz 1kl MLD, Pilot


None known




Brielle, NL


RAF 206 Sqn Coastal Command



Liberator Mk. GR VII Nr. KH410 PQ-N


RAF Leuchars, Fife, GB


Anti shipping patrol in the Kattegat area. Take-off 20:11h.


KIA, crashed about 00:30h. Cause unknown; enemy Flak seems the most likely cause.






56.48021N/9.45249E, Torstedlund Skov Forest, South of Årestrup, DK


Buried 22/4/1945 by the Germans at the crash site. Reburied 22/6/1947 at Årestrup Churchyard, prov. Slørping, Jutland, DK, grave 709

Known to





Other crew

2. W/O. Kenneth Emery, Ag, RAF 1076591 - KIA, grave 706

3. P/O. Winsor Thomas Henry Gale, fe, RAF VR 190271, age 24- KIA, grave 710

4. F/O. Allan James Harding, Nav, RAF VR 153317, age 28- KIA, grave 715

5. F/Lt. Peter Stevens Leinthall Laycock, Wop/Ag, RAF VR 151105, age 24 - KIA, grave 708

6. W/O. George Charles Kenneth Long, Ag, RAF VR 1319712 - KIA, grave 712

7. F/Sgt. Frederick Ralph Orritt, Wop/mec/Ag, RAF VR 1432826, age 21 - KIA, grave 713

8. F/O. Anthony Richard Tenison Smith, Pilot, RNZAF 4214135, age 23 - KIA, grave 716

9. W/O.1 Walter William Spencer, Wop/Ag, RCAF R/110774, age 22 - KIA, grave 714

10. W/O. Thomas Keith Theaker, Ag, RCAF R/132255, age 25 - KIA, grave 711

11. P/O. George Henry Topliff, Nav, RAAF 419396, age 20 - KIA, grave 706


All crew are buried next to each other at Årestrup Churchyard, with pilot N. Guilonard in the center, after initial burial near the crash site. All other crew not Dutch.


1. A memorial was erected at the crash site in August 1945

GB arrival

Trained at JAAB, USA, and was send to GB



Årestrup Churchyard. N. Guilonard is buried in the center of the entire Liberator crew. Aerestrup 051209-2

Ltz 1kl N. Guilonard and P/O. G.H. Topcliff were thrown from the wreck, and could be identified by the Germans via their ID disks. The bodies were buried next to the crash site. Only on 14-06-1947 was the joint field grave found. All could be identified by the MR&ES. On 22-06-1947 all were buried in Årestrup Churchyard. Group Captain E.W.R. Sadler, Mrs. Guilonard, and several British and Danish officers attended.

A memorial was erected at the crash site on 04-08-1945, composed of a stone found locally, and parts of the aircraft, by workers from the local Nørlund sawmill. See the Chapter on memorials.

Source: Søren Flensted

2. Crash site data

Norlund 21-04-1945 1. Source: Søren Flensted

Norlund 21-04-1945 2. Source: Søren Flensted

Map 124. Nørlund Forest, Årestrup, Jutland, Denmark, showing the crash site of Liberator KH410, taking the life of N. Guilonard and the 10 non-Dutch other crew on 21/4/1945

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