James Michie Alexander    Photo: Else Hjort Nielsen     Updated:  12 JUL 2016
                                                                           
Airman:
 a086001.htm Surname: Alexander Init: J M Rank: P/O Service: RAF Sqdn: 7

P_link: p261.htm Plane: LAN ND365 Operation: Bomb G Crash_site: Near Vornæs

Crash_d: d150244 Buried_d: b160244 C_link: c086.htm At_Next: Skarø

"Natten til den 16. februar 1944 overfløj mange RAF fly den sydlige del af Danmark med Berlin som mål. Herunder nedstyrtede mindst 4 bombefly på dansk område. Et af disse, en Lancaster, styrtede i havet mellem Skarø og Tåsinge." (FAF) Alle 8 flyvere sprang ud med faldskærm. LAN ND365 styrtede ned omkring her.

"2 dræbte flyvere lå i vandkanten ved Østerhoved, hvor de blev trukket op på stranden og tildækket. Enkelte
husker dem endnu, som de lå der på stranden, de unge mænd, der så bravt kæmpede også for Danmarks
sag. Købmand Kresten Madsen blev af tyskerne beordret til at køre de døde til Skarø kirkegård, hvor de blev begravet "i nattens mulm og mørke" af den tyske værnemagt." (Skarø-folder)

"Tyskerne gravede graven og satte 2 trækors med navn og nummer på den. Næste morgen var der sat et Dannebrogsflag på graven og lagt blomster." (FAF)

Pilot Officer (Navigator) James Michie Alexander, 23 år, var søn af James og Thomasina M. Alexander,
Muswell Hill, Middlesex, United Kingdom. Hæderstegn: C G M, Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.
(Kilde: CWGC)

2 flyvere fra LAN ND365 blev begravet på Skarø, 2 i Landet på Tåsinge og 2 i Svendborg. 2 blev krigsfanger og
kom i
Tyske krigsfangelejre. 8 flyvere.

"On the night before 16 February, 1944 many RAF planes flew over the southern part of Denmark
targeting Berlin. At least 4 bombers crashed in Danish territory. One of these, a Lancaster, crashed into the
sea between Skarø and Tåsinge." (FAF) All 8 airmen bailed out.
LAN ND365 crashed about here.

"Two killed airmen lay at the water´s edge near Østerhoved from where they were pulled up on the beach and covered. A few people still remember them as they lay there on the beach, the young men who fought so
bravely  also for the sake of Denmark. Kresten Madsen, the grocer, was ordered by the Germans to drive the dead men to Skarø churchyard where they were buried "in the dead of night" by the German Wehrmacht" - without the assistance of a clergyman. (Skarø-folder)

"The Germans dug the grave and placed 2 wooden crosses with names and numbers on it. Next morning a Danish flag had been placed on the grave and flowers had been laid." (FAF)

Pilot Officer (Navigator) James Michie Alexander, 23, was the son of James and Thomasina M. Alexander, of Muswell Hill, Middlesex, United Kingdom.
Awards: C G M, Conspicuous Gallantry Medal. (Source: CWGC) Bottom line: Erected by the residents of Skarø.

2 airmen from LAN ND365 were buried on Skarø, 2 in Landet on Tåsinge and 2 in Svendborg. 2 became POWs and were taken to German POW-Camps.

See Bomber Command No. 7 Squadron and 7 Squadron Association. This Lancaster took off from RAF Oakington.
See also Former RAF Oakington and Lancaster Photos.  8 airmen.