Burial Services Held For Lancaster Crews at Durnbach
14 October 2015
On Wednesday 21 October, memorial services will be held for the
crews of Lancaster bomber ED427 of 49 Squadron, and Lancaster
bomber JB221 of 97 Squadron.
The services will take place at St Aegidius Church, Gmund,
Germany before moving to nearby
Durnbach War Cemetery.
The morning service will begin at 10am and will remember Pilot
Officer George Smith of Lancaster JB221.
The afternoon service will begin at 2:30pm and will
remember the crew of Lancaster ED427.
Lancaster JB221 took off on 26 November 1943 from RAF Bourn in
Cambridgeshire for a bombing mission over Frankfurt in central
Germany, but failed to return to its home base. The aircraft was
later reported to have crashed 1 mile east of the village of
Brandau, 25 miles south-east of Frankfurt.
Three fatalities were recovered at the time and
buried locally in Brandau cemetery, and later reinterred at
the Durnbach War Cemetery. The four other crew members could
not be found and were commemorated on the
Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede, UK.
The crew included:
Lancaster ED427 took off from RAF Fiskerton, five miles east of
Lincoln, at 9:14PM on 16 April 1943, to attack the Skoda armaments
works in the Czechoslovakian brewing town of Pilsen. The aircraft
failed to return and may have been downed by enemy flak.
In September 2012 a civilian excavation team unearthed the
remains of Lancaster ED427 in the village of Laumersheim,
south-west of Frankfurt.
The seven crew members included:
Both services will be conducted by the Revd (Squadron Leader)
Colin O'Dell, RAF. Relatives of the men will attend the
service, along with representatives from embassies, the air forces
and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The ceremony has been
organised by the UK Ministry of Defence JCCC
Commemorations Team and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
working in partnership.