Lancaster III W4988 AR-Q - North west of Helsingborg, Sweden         Updated: 20 MAR 2012

Airman Surname Init Rank Service Sqdn P_link Plane Operation Crash_site Crash_d Buried_d C_link At_Next
v999088.htm Bell H Sgt RAF 460 p218.htm LAN W4988 Bomb G NW of Helsingborg d040943 v999 v999.htm EVD to S
e777640.htm Conway N J F/Sgt RAAF 460 p218.htm LAN W4988 Bomb G NW of Helsingborg d040943 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN
o888593.htm Greenaway L G P/O RAAF 460 p218.htm LAN W4988 Bomb G NW of Helsingborg d040943 o888 o888.htm POW
v999087.htm Johns A H Sgt RAF 460 p218.htm LAN W4988 Bomb G NW of Helsingborg d040943 v999 v999.htm EVD to S
o888595.htm O'Brian A J Sgt RAAF 460 p218.htm LAN W4988 Bomb G NW of Helsingborg d040943 o888 o888.htm POW
v999086.htm Randall F A F/O RAAF 460 p218.htm LAN W4988 Bomb G NW of Helsingborg d040943 v999 v999.htm EVD to S
o888594.htm Ward H K F/Sgt RCAF 460 p218.htm LAN W4988 Bomb G NW of Helsingborg d040943 o888 o888.htm POW


Den 4. september 1943 styrtede LAN W4988 ned ved Laröd som er her 5 km NNV for Helsingborg i Sverige på tilbagevejen fra et bombetogt til Berlin.
Den korte version:
Flyet faldt fra hinanden i 200 fods højde og vragstykker blev spredt over et stort område. F/O Greenaway sprang ud med faldskærm over Tyskland og blev taget til fange.
F/Sgt Ward, Sgt O’Brien og Sgt Johns landede alle i Danmark. To førstnævnte blev taget til fange af tyskerne, men Sgt Johns klarede at flygte til Sverige.
F/Sgt Conway druknede, mens F/O Randall og Sgt Bell blev samlet op af en svensk trawler og blev interneret.

Den 29. september 1943 blev F/O Randall and Sgt Bell repatrieret til England. (Sendt tilbage som led i udveksling af syge fanger, nok arrangeret af Svensk Røde Kors.)
Kilde: MACR – rapport om savnet besætning. Se også den lange version.
1 flyver fra LAN W4988 har ingen kendt grav og 3 flyvere blev krigsfanger og blev taget til Tyske krigsfangelejre. 3 flyvere blev ført til Sverige. Se Lancaster fotos. 7 flyvere.

On 4 September 1943 LAN W4988 crashed near Laröd which is here 5 km NNW of Helsingborg, Sweden on the return flight from a bombing raid on Berlin.
The short version:
Aircraft disintegrated at 200 feet, wreckage spread over wide area. F/O Greenaway bailed out over Germany and was captured.

F/Sgt Ward, Sgt O’Brien and Sgt Johns all landed in Denmark. The first mentioned were taken prisoners by the Germans, but Sgt Johns managed to escape to
Sweden. F/Sgt  Conway drowned, whereas F/O Randall and Sgt Bell were picked up by a Swedish trawler  and became interned.

On 29 September 1943 F/O Randall and Sgt Bell were repatriated to England. (A number of times severely injured POWs were exchanged via the Swedish Red Cross)
Source: MACR – Missing Air Crew Report. See also the long version.

1 airman from
LAN W4988 has no known grave. 3 airman became POWs and they were taken to German POW-Camps. 3 airmen were taken to Sweden.
See Bomber Command No. 460 Squadron RAAF * 460 Squadron RAAF * Lancaster photos. This Lancaster took off from RAF Binbrook.           7 airmen.