David Howells                              Updated: 15 APR 2018
                                                                      Photo: Hans Andersen
                                                                                                   Else Hjort Nielsen

Airman: a012001.htm Surname: Howells Init: D Rank: Sgt Service: RAF Sqdn: 103

P_link: p313.htm Plane: LAN LL963 Operation: Minelaying Crash_site: Off Avernakø

Crash_d: d160544 Buried_d: b260644 C_link: c012.htm At_Next: Drejø

 Under en mineudlægningsoperation til Kiel Bugt natten til den 16. maj 1944 blev LAN LL963 ramt af flak og styrtede i
havet ved Avernakø. Hele besætningen omkom. Se om styrtet. Se propel som monument og tak til flyverne.
Se meget mere ved flyverne begravet på Avernakø og Drejø.
 

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) David Howells, 29 år, var søn af David og Mary Ellen Howells, Clydach Vale, Glamorgan,
United Kingdom.
(Kilde: CWGC)
LAN LL963 styrtede ned her. D. Howells drev ind ved Drejø Skov. (Kilde: FAF) Se mere i folderen nævnt ved Drejø Kirke.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission satte metalkorset på graven efter krigen. Det er fjernet nu.
Gravstenen rejst i taknemmelighed blev afsløret den 5. maj 1947. Se foto fra 2016 og Besøg 2016.

Inskriptionen fra Salmernes Bog, Kapitel 139, v. 9 og 10 er fra bibelen på dansk oversat i 1871. Samme skriftsted i 1992:
Låner jeg morgenrødens vinger og slår mig ned, hvor havet ender,
så leder din hånd mig også dér, din højre hånd holder mig fast.

1 flyver begravet på Avernakø, 1 på Drejø, 1 i Faaborg, 1 i Aastrup og 3 har ingen kendt grav.
Google Map p313 LAN LL963. Se
Minelægningsområder og Lancaster fotos. 7 flyvere.

On its way to a mine laying operation in Kiel Bay on the night before 16 May, 1944, LAN LL963 was hit by flak and
crashed into the sea at Avernakø.  All of the crew perished. See about the crash. See propeller as monument and
thanks to the airmen. See much more at the airmen buried on Avernakø and Drejø.

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) David Howells, 29, was the son of David and Mary Ellen Howells, of Clydach Vale, Glamorgan, United Kingdom. (Source: CWGC)
LAN LL963 crashed here. The body of D. Howells drifted in at Drejø Skov. (Source: FAF) See more in the folder from Drejø.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission placed the metal cross on the grave after the war. The metal cross is not there now.
This gravestone erected by the residents of Drejø was unveiled on 5 May, 1947. See photo from 2016.

Here rests English airman Sergeant in R.A.F. Howells 1102739
fallen in the battle for freedom, buried 26.6 1944

If I were to fly away on the wings of the dawn, and settle down on the other side of the sea,
even there your hand would guide me, your right hand would grab hold of me.

(From Old Testament, Psalms, Chapter 139, 9-10) Erected in gratitude.

LAN LL963 crashed here. 1 airman buried on Avernakø, 1 on Drejø, 1 in Faaborg, 1 in Aastrup and 3 have no known grave.

See Google Map p313 Lancaster LL963  and Memorial Sail with MHV 817 - 13 MAY 2017. MHV 817 Partisan
See No. 103 Squadron RAF*103 Squadron Group Photo*RAF Elsam Wolds Association*Minelaying areas*Lancaster Photos*Visit 2016.
Lancaster I LL963 PM-D took off from RAF Elsham Wolds at 22.13 hrs on 15 MAY 1944. (Source: Aircrew Remembered has this.) 7 airmen.