A citizen of Randers has a memorial to airmen erected Links In Danish Updated: 19 JUN 2013
Article by Knud Mogensen
Amtsavis on Friday 24 May 2013
Captions for photos seen in the version in Danish:
A. The memorial stone placed between the old
travellers' stable at Grønhøj Kro and the Museum of the Potato Germans in
the red building.
War history. Former teacher Anders Straarup is an expert on Allied airmen buried in Denmark.
Anders Straarup, a former teacher of
Skole who now lives in Randers, was born in 1944, so he has no personal memory
of the German occupation, but for
Tomorrow on Saturday 25 May a memorial stone will
be unveiled at Grønhøj Kro on Alheden to 7 British airmen who were shot down by
a German night fighter on
A number of people of the area have worked
without pay, and innkeeper Gregers Laigaard has provided the space for the
memorial stone. Big information posters
Anders Straarup has much information on the 1,030 Allied airmen who are buried
in Denmark. Most of them were British, but there were also
Radar near Assentoft
The plane crashed about 1500 metres west of
Grønhøj at 0122 hours on 25 September 1942. All of the crew of 7 perished. Later
the airmen were buried in
The pilot was Lewis Wilson Morrison. His nephew, the Scottish dentist and Major David Geddes, earlier expressed his wish that a memorial be erected for the lasting memory of his uncle and the other airmen. Now a memorial stone with the names of all of the deceased airmen and the date of the crash is ready.
The crash site found
The stone will be unveiled by two girls, Laura
Laigaard, 13, and Sofie Laigaard, 10. A piper has been procured for the event.
Planes from Air Base Karup, members of
At the end of the ceremony "Always dauntless" (Altid frejdig) will be sung, also in Danish and English at the same time. Everyone is welcome at the event which commences at 1400 hours.
The air crash near Estruplund
With a metal detector Anders Straarup has again been able to point out the exact crash site. The British airmen are buried in Estruplund Churchyard.
Anders Straarup states that in his search for
information Anders Bjørnvad's book "Fallen Allied
Airmen" has been a great help, and that senior master Kirsten Klitgård,
Randers Statsskole, has proofread texts in English on his website.