The British Bomb in Vorup - and about Estruplund Updated: 03 SEP 2014
Den britiske bombe i Vorup - og Estruplund
(pdf - 6 MB) by Anders Straarup www.airmen.dk
in Randers Amtsavis 30 AUG 2014.
(Click on the link to the article to see the photos. See also Operation 30 AUGUST 1944 and Google Map 30 AUG 1944 with the 12 air crashes.)
On 30 August 1944 half an hour after midnight people in Randers were awakened by a powerful bomb that hit the edge of a field at the crossroads Kaergade-Maalervej
and made a crater of 8 metres. Randers Amtsavis wrote: "Most severely hit were the houses Kaergade 25 and 24 which in a second were turned into a heap of rubble
and splintered beams. The other houses that were destroyed were the houses 23 and 26 and Maalervej 1, but in addition to them about 10 other houses were severely damaged." Randers Dagblad mentioned broken windows in about 500 shops and 2-3,000 smaller windows broken. A link to the story of the bomb is seen at
Randers North Cemetery on the map Cemeteries in AirmenDK.
Unfortunately 6 people were killed and at least 11 injured, but why was the bomb dropped?
Lancaster NE144 was one of many bombers that attacked important hubs on the lines between Germany and German forces in Russia. On 30 August 1944 Bomber Command dispatched 586 Lancasters towards Stettin and Königsberg, now Szczecin here in Poland and Kaliningrad here between Poland and Lithuania. The routes crossed North Jutland and the neutral Sweden. 38 bombers were lost - 4 of them in the Kattegat and 8 were shot down over Jutland. Of the 85 airmen in these
12 planes 73 airmen perished, 9 became Prisoners of War and 3 managed to get to Sweden assisted by the Resistance Movement.
On its way to Stettin
Lancaster NE144 was hit by a German night fighter, so the tail section burst
into flames. The Rear Gunner was severely injured. To regain
During the same attack
Lancaster PB143 was hit and burst into flames over the Kattegat. One airman
bailed out, and he drowned in the Kattegat. He was found near Læsø and buried in
Frederikshavn. Just when the plane had made landfall to improve the chances for
survival a bomb exploded at the hard forced landing south of the mouth of the
Randers Fjord in a field between Ingerslev and Estruplund (here,
here). The 6 men who were still in the
plane were blown to pieces so parts of bodies hung in the barbed wire.
From Bomber Command alone more than 55,000 airmen lost their lives of the 120,000 who served. On operations from bases in Great Britain the Americans lost about 37,000 airmen, killed or presumed killed. (See Loss of Lives.)
Crash sites, monuments and graves of airmen in all of Denmark can easily be found via AirmenDK, so you may find them. Many people have contributed to the contents. There are maps, photos, extensive information and indication of sources that you may follow up. It is obvious to do it and remember Allied airmen who fought also for Denmark's freedom 70 years ago.