460 Squadron Losses
in Denmark 1940 - 45

 

I would like to thank Peter Lund for his assistance in passing on to me information on 460 Squadron RAAF aircraft which crashed in Denmark during World War 2. 

The following are some of the References for the following material:-

1.  One of the main references for this material is an excellent book called "Vestallierede luftangreb i Danmark under 2. verdenskrig" (Western Allied Air Attack In Denmark During World War 2) written by Henrik Skov Kristensen, Claus Kofoed and Frank Weber. (Aarhus University Press 1988. ISBN: 87 7288 071 6).
2.  A number of articles written by Birger Hansen and Ove Hermansen published in a Danish magazine called "Flyvehistorisk Tidsskrift" covering the history of flight, mostly in Denmark.
3.  A book "Faldne Allierede Flyvere" written by Anders Bjørnvad. The book lists all the airmen killed and buried in or near Denmark.
4.  Another reference is the excellent history on 460 Squadron RAAF called "Strike and Return" written by Peter Firkins.
5.  And yet another reference is "Air War Against Germany & Italy 1939 - 1943" by John Herington.

Lancaster W4330 (UV-H)
(21 Apr 1943)

Lancaster EE138
(4 Sep 1943)

Lancaster W4988 (AR-Q)
(3/4 Sep 1943)

Lancaster JB600 (AR-Q)
(9/10 Apr 1944)

Lancaster JD734
(9/10 Apr 1944)

Lancaster ME663 (AR-M)
(9/10 Apr 1944)

Lancaster NE144 (AR-F2)
(29/30 Aug 1944)

 

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Subject:   Aussie monuments in Denmark.
Date:           Thu, 18 Nov 1999 19:46:33 +1100
From:          "Brian Olesen" <brianol@compassnet.com.au>

Hi, Peter,

Your web site with the 460 Squadron Lancasters is very interesting.

I returned 2 months ago from a holiday to my country of birth, Denmark.

As a member of the local RSL sub Branch in Epping (Sydney), I have become interested in the fates of Australians who were shot down over Denmark, and especially the memorials set all over the country to the bravery of the allied fliers, who died there. Consequently I visited as many of these monuments and also most of ther war graves, as possible. I can tell you, that I stood at the Stadil monument 3 months ago. Your mention of the crew (of Lancaster EE-138) being buried in the local cemetery is incorrect, I am afraid. There was literally nothing left to collect and bury, according to eyewitnesses, one of whom I spoke to. Maybe - some of the crew lies deep in part of the wreckage, which sank out of sight in the marshy country. The stone, which bears the names of the crew, also acts as a headstone, according to Anders Bjørnvad, whom I also met.

I am at the moment working on a presentation for our local branch, showing photos of most of the monuments which bear Australian names, and of the various war graves and cemeteries, where Australian airmen are buried. There are approximately 75 Australian graves; 4-5 contain unknown Australian airmen.

Regards

Brian Olesen
+61 2 9484 6224

 

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Subject:   Lancaster EE-138
Date:           13 February 2000
From:          "Brian Olesen" <brianol@compassnet.com.au>

Hi, Peter

I have just learned, that there are moves afoot in Denmark to have the Commonwealth War Graves Commission declare the site and memorial for Lancaster EE138, at Stadil in North-Wewst Jutland, an official War Grave.

Regards Brian

Brian Olesen

 

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