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#Name* (↑)First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir Force (↑)Command (↑)Unit (↑)DateofIncident *See Note (↑)Aircraft (↑)TypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring DatabaseLinks/Archive Reports                        Notes                        
1 BullFrancis Charles WilliamSergeant578353Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command463 Sqd RAAF
1944-01-28LancasterIHK537JO-SWaddington35BerlinEn route to Berlin collided with Lancaster III JA967 of RAF 83 Sqn over Augustenborg Fjord. Two dinghies and a parachute were found near Ny Stavenbøl. A wing and the part of the fuselage which is next to the Wireless Operators seat was found in Augustenborg Fjord. The major part of the aircraft crashed in the fields of Pommersgaard farm near Mjels (Air War Over Denmark).KilledAabenraa Cemetery Allied Military Plot Row 4 Collective Grave 21A couple of weeks after the crash Sgt Bull RAF was found in a field by the owner of Pommersgaard farm while ploughing it. He buried the remains of Bull at the edge of the field and erected a propeller blade on the grave

On 5 June 1945 the place was officially recognised as a grave by the authorities. In spite of this the English Army disinterred the body on 8 august 1946 and moved it to Aabenraa Cemetery where Sgt Bull rest today (Air War Over Denmark)
2 ChristmasLewis HavelockFlight Sergeant40629213 Dec 1917 in Northam, VIC, AustraliaAustralianBomb AimerRAAFBomber Command463 Sqd RAAF
1944-01-28LancasterIHK537JO-SWaddington0.0035BerlinEn route to Berlin collided with Lancaster III JA967 of RAF 83 Sqn over Augustenborg Fjord. Two dinghies and a parachute were found near Ny Stavenbøl. A wing and the part of the fuselage which is next to the Wireless Operators seat was found in Augustenborg Fjord. The major part of the aircraft crashed in the fields of Pommersgaard farm near Mjels (Air War Over Denmark).KilledAabenraa Cemetery Allied Military Plot Row 4 Grave 14The remaining crew members were Navigator Plt Off George J. Kerr, Bomb Aimer Flt Sgt Lewis H. Christmass and Air Gnr Sgt Ronald J. Grist. It appears that most of these were laid to rest on 2 February 1944. A German army chaplain officiated at the graveside ceremony. The reason for the uncertainty is that some were buried as unknown flyers and that the Germans destroyed the cemetery records in May 1945. Today only exist a few pages which was “liberated” by a Dane before the liberation of Denmark on 5 May 1945. (Air War Over Denmark)

Son of Lewis Eldred William and Mary Amy Elizabeth Christmass, of Subiaco, Western Australia
3 CooperNorman PercivalFlight Lieutenant2988123 Sep 1912 in Midland Junction, WA, AustraliaAustralianPilotRAAFBomber Command463 Sqd RAAF
1944-01-28LancasterIHK537JO-SWaddington35BerlinEn route to Berlin collided with Lancaster III JA967 of RAF 83 Sqn over Augustenborg Fjord. Two dinghies and a parachute were found near Ny Stavenbøl. A wing and the part of the fuselage which is next to the Wireless Operators seat was found in Augustenborg Fjord. The major part of the aircraft crashed in the fields of Pommersgaard farm near Mjels (Air War Over Denmark).KilledAabenraa Cemetery Allied Military Plot Row 4 Grave 24Flt Lt Cooper was found dead in a quickset hedge near Lusig Skov forrest and Broballe Mark. He was taken to Broballe by horse wagon (Air War Over Denmark)

Son of Samuel Alfred and Stella Cooper; husband of Bernice Evelyn Cooper, of West Leederville, Western Australia
4 DaviesPeter GroucuttFlying Officer143143Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command83 Sqd
1944-01-28LancasterIIIJA967OL-SWyton9BerlinOn its way towards Berlin the pathfinder a.c Lancaster JA967 collided with Lancaster I HK537 of 463 RAAF Sqn over Augustenborg Fjord at approx 0230. Both a/c fell to the ground on the northern part of the island of Als killing all onboard. Two dinghies and a parachute were later found near Ny Stavenbøl while one of the wings and part of the fuselage was found in the fjord. The a/c crashed near Broballe in a field to the north of the Pommersgaard farm near Mjels. Strangely the outer part of both wings was found 500-600 metres south of the crash site. A total of 8 bodies were taken by the Wehrmacht to the fire station in Broballe, among them Fg Off Davies who had been found dead in the rear turret. They were all laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on 2 Feb 1944. A German army chaplain officiated at the graveside ceremony. (Air War Over Denmark)KilledAabenraa Cemetery Allied Military Plot Row 4 Grave 24
5 GristRonald JamesSergeant9189721918Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command463 Sqd RAAF
1944-01-28LancasterIHK537JO-SWaddington35BerlinEn route to Berlin collided with Lancaster III JA967 of RAF 83 Sqn over Augustenborg Fjord. Two dinghies and a parachute were found near Ny Stavenbøl. A wing and the part of the fuselage which is next to the Wireless Operators seat was found in Augustenborg Fjord. The major part of the aircraft crashed in the fields of Pommersgaard farm near Mjels (Air War Over Denmark).KilledAabenraa Cemetery Allied Military Plot Row 4 Grave 15The remaining crew members were Navigator Plt Off George J. Kerr, Bomb Aimer Flt Sgt Lewis H. Christmass and Air Gnr Sgt Ronald J. Grist. It appears that most of these were laid to rest on 2 February 1944. A German army chaplain officiated at the graveside ceremony. The reason for the uncertainty is that some were buried as unknown flyers and that the Germans destroyed the cemetery records in May 1945. Today only exist a few pages which was “liberated” by a Dane before the liberation of Denmark on 5 May 1945. (Air War Over Denmark)

Son of Albert and Patricia Grist
6 HydeHorace RobertFlight Lieutenant1181611912PilotRAFVRBomber Command83 Sqd
1944-01-28LancasterIIIJA967OL-SWyton9BerlinOn its way towards Berlin the pathfinder a.c Lancaster JA967 collided with Lancaster I HK537 of 463 RAAF Sqn over Augustenborg Fjord at approx 0230. Both a/c fell to the ground on the northern part of the island of Als killing all onboard. Two dinghies and a parachute were later found near Ny Stavenbøl while one of the wings and part of the fuselage was found in the fjord. The a/c crashed near Broballe in a field to the north of the Pommersgaard farm near Mjels. Strangely the outer part of both wings was found 500-600 metres south of the crash site. A total of 8 bodies were taken by the Wehrmacht to the fire station in Broballe, among them Fg Off Davies who had been found dead in the rear turret. They were all laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on 2 Feb 1944. A German army chaplain officiated at the graveside ceremony. (Air War Over Denmark)KilledAabenraa Cemetery Allied Military Plot Row 4 Collective Grave 21
Son of William Henry and Agnes Louisa Hyde; husband of Doris Edna Hyde, of Shirley, Warwickshire
7 JamesBrian AndrewFlying Officer1367301922Bomb AimerRAFVRBomber Command83 Sqd
1944-01-28LancasterIIIJA967OL-SWyton9BerlinOn its way towards Berlin the pathfinder a.c Lancaster JA967 collided with Lancaster I HK537 of 463 RAAF Sqn over Augustenborg Fjord at approx 0230. Both a/c fell to the ground on the northern part of the island of Als killing all onboard. Two dinghies and a parachute were later found near Ny Stavenbøl while one of the wings and part of the fuselage was found in the fjord. The a/c crashed near Broballe in a field to the north of the Pommersgaard farm near Mjels. Strangely the outer part of both wings was found 500-600 metres south of the crash site. A total of 8 bodies were taken by the Wehrmacht to the fire station in Broballe, among them Fg Off Davies who had been found dead in the rear turret. They were all laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on 2 Feb 1944. A German army chaplain officiated at the graveside ceremony. (Air War Over Denmark)KilledAabenraa Cemetery Allied Military Plot Row 4 Collective Grave 21
Son of William Andrew Charles and Katherine Marguerite James, of Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire
8 KerrGeorge JeffreysPilot Officer4095531 Feb 1914, Bairnsdale, VIC, AustraliaAustralianNavigatorRAAFBomber Command463 Sqd RAAF
1944-01-28LancasterIHK537JO-SWaddington35BerlinEn route to Berlin collided with Lancaster III JA967 of RAF 83 Sqn over Augustenborg Fjord. Two dinghies and a parachute were found near Ny Stavenbøl. A wing and the part of the fuselage which is next to the Wireless Operators seat was found in Augustenborg Fjord. The major part of the aircraft crashed in the fields of Pommersgaard farm near Mjels (Air War Over Denmark).KilledAabenraa Cemetery Allied Military Plot Row 4 Grave 13The remaining crew members were Navigator Plt Off George J. Kerr, Bomb Aimer Flt Sgt Lewis H. Christmass and Air Gnr Sgt Ronald J. Grist. It appears that most of these were laid to rest on 2 February 1944. A German army chaplain officiated at the graveside ceremony. The reason for the uncertainty is that some were buried as unknown flyers and that the Germans destroyed the cemetery records in May 1945. Today only exist a few pages which was “liberated” by a Dane before the liberation of Denmark on 5 May 1945. (Air War Over Denmark)

Son of Peter Conway Kerr and Caroline Mary Kerr, of Springvale, Victoria, Australia
9 LockyerClement CharlesFlight Lieutenant676101917NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command83 Sqd
1944-01-28LancasterIIIJA967OL-SWyton9BerlinOn its way towards Berlin the pathfinder a.c Lancaster JA967 collided with Lancaster I HK537 of 463 RAAF Sqn over Augustenborg Fjord at approx 0230. Both a/c fell to the ground on the northern part of the island of Als killing all onboard. Two dinghies and a parachute were later found near Ny Stavenbøl while one of the wings and part of the fuselage was found in the fjord. The a/c crashed near Broballe in a field to the north of the Pommersgaard farm near Mjels. Strangely the outer part of both wings was found 500-600 metres south of the crash site. A total of 8 bodies were taken by the Wehrmacht to the fire station in Broballe, among them Fg Off Davies who had been found dead in the rear turret. They were all laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on 2 Feb 1944. A German army chaplain officiated at the graveside ceremony. (Air War Over Denmark)KilledAabenraa Cemetery Allied Military Plot Row 4 Collective Grave 21
Son of Charles Alfred Septimus Lockyer, and of Alice Ellen Lockyer, of Gidea Park, Essex; husband of Betty Lockyer
10 McKerlayRobertSergeant18209651923Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command83 Sqd
1944-01-28LancasterIIIJA967OL-SWyton9BerlinOn its way towards Berlin the pathfinder a.c Lancaster JA967 collided with Lancaster I HK537 of 463 RAAF Sqn over Augustenborg Fjord at approx 0230. Both a/c fell to the ground on the northern part of the island of Als killing all onboard. Two dinghies and a parachute were later found near Ny Stavenbøl while one of the wings and part of the fuselage was found in the fjord. The a/c crashed near Broballe in a field to the north of the Pommersgaard farm near Mjels. Strangely the outer part of both wings was found 500-600 metres south of the crash site. A total of 8 bodies were taken by the Wehrmacht to the fire station in Broballe, among them Fg Off Davies who had been found dead in the rear turret. They were all laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on 2 Feb 1944. A German army chaplain officiated at the graveside ceremony. (Air War Over Denmark)KilledAabenraa Cemetery Allied Military Plot Row 4 Collective Grave 21
Son of Mary McKerlay, of Glasgow
11 RobsonFrederick ErnestSergeant15768201924Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command463 Sqd RAAF
1944-01-28LancasterIHK537JO-SWaddington35BerlinEn route to Berlin collided with Lancaster III JA967 of RAF 83 Sqn over Augustenborg Fjord. Two dinghies and a parachute were found near Ny Stavenbøl. A wing and the part of the fuselage which is next to the Wireless Operators seat was found in Augustenborg Fjord. The major part of the aircraft crashed in the fields of Pommersgaard farm near Mjels (Air War Over Denmark).KilledAabenraa Cemetery Allied Military Plot Row 4 Grave 21Sgt Robson RAF was found washed ashore near Stolbro in Augustenborg fjord (Air War Over Denmark)

Son of Arthur and Elizabeth Nora Robson, of Derby
12 RobsonWilliam BowmanFlying Officer144657Wireless OperatorRAFVRBomber Command83 Sqd
1944-01-28LancasterIIIJA967OL-SWyton9BerlinOn its way towards Berlin the pathfinder a.c Lancaster JA967 collided with Lancaster I HK537 of 463 RAAF Sqn over Augustenborg Fjord at approx 0230. Both a/c fell to the ground on the northern part of the island of Als killing all onboard. Two dinghies and a parachute were later found near Ny Stavenbøl while one of the wings and part of the fuselage was found in the fjord. The a/c crashed near Broballe in a field to the north of the Pommersgaard farm near Mjels. Strangely the outer part of both wings was found 500-600 metres south of the crash site. A total of 8 bodies were taken by the Wehrmacht to the fire station in Broballe, among them Fg Off Davies who had been found dead in the rear turret. They were all laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on 2 Feb 1944. A German army chaplain officiated at the graveside ceremony. (Air War Over Denmark)KilledAabenraa Cemetery Allied Military Plot Row 4 Collective Grave 21
13 SuthersHaroldSergeantR/16142424 Oct 1923CanadianAir GunnerRCAFBomber Command463 Sqd RAAF
1944-01-28LancasterIHK537JO-SWaddington35BerlinEn route to Berlin collided with Lancaster III JA967 of RAF 83 Sqn over Augustenborg Fjord. Two dinghies and a parachute were found near Ny Stavenbøl. A wing and the part of the fuselage which is next to the Wireless Operators seat was found in Augustenborg Fjord. The major part of the aircraft crashed in the fields of Pommersgaard farm near Mjels (Air War Over Denmark).KilledAabenraa Cemetery Allied Military Plot Row 4 Grave 20AParadie Archive DatabaseFlt Sgt Suthers RCAF was found dead near Broballe among the wreckage of JA967 behind the dairy not more than 20 metres from a crew member of JA967 (Air War Over Denmark)

Son of Walter and Ethel Suthers, of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
14 WaiteArthurFlight Sergeant15798321922Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command83 Sqd
1944-01-28LancasterIIIJA967OL-SWyton9BerlinOn its way towards Berlin the pathfinder a.c Lancaster JA967 collided with Lancaster I HK537 of 463 RAAF Sqn over Augustenborg Fjord at approx 0230. Both a/c fell to the ground on the northern part of the island of Als killing all onboard. Two dinghies and a parachute were later found near Ny Stavenbøl while one of the wings and part of the fuselage was found in the fjord. The a/c crashed near Broballe in a field to the north of the Pommersgaard farm near Mjels. Strangely the outer part of both wings was found 500-600 metres south of the crash site. A total of 8 bodies were taken by the Wehrmacht to the fire station in Broballe, among them Fg Off Davies who had been found dead in the rear turret. They were all laid to rest in Aabenraa cemetery on 2 Feb 1944. A German army chaplain officiated at the graveside ceremony. (Air War Over Denmark)KilledAabenraa Cemetery Allied Military Plot Row 4 Collective Grave 21
Son of William and Ellen Lavinia Waite, of Little Addington, Northamptonshire

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