A brief statement and kind greetings from Fjelstrup På dansk Updated: 08 JAN 2009
a feeling of gratitude to a people and a nation that fought in the front
line during the war, the inhabitants of the parish of Fjelstrup want to
send a brief statement
We saw how the systematic bombing of Hitler's
Germany grew more and more effective. We admired the courage and bravery
displayed by the sons of England,
We do not know, of course, what your boy may
have been thinking or feeling in the moment of disaster, but in the three
that were lying in the field we found their
The six brave airmen met their death among a
friendly population, and they are now buried among friends. They fell in
a beautiful district in North Slesvig (Denmark)
They lie buried in the churchyard of the town
of Aabenraa, and we have raised a memorial near the spot where they fell:
enclosed you will find a picture thereof.
Here fell six British airmen on February 15th 1944. They gave their lives. We won (our) liberty.
The names of the six airmen have been cut as
shown in the picture. They are:
The saved airman is Flying Officer H. V. Proskurniak.
We shall take a pride in sheltering this
memorial to six young men who fought for our sake, too, and if you may get
the opportunity you shall be welcome to visit
With kind regards from the inhabitants of the parish of Fjelstrup. (Signed by) Simon J. From. M.P. * Eriksen, teacher * Jørgen Friis, sheriff
On 10 August 1949 a letter from the Air
Ministry to Simon J. From, Esq., M.P., Fjelstrup, Denmark read:
The enclosures have been sent to the next
of kin of the six members of the Royal Air Force who lost their lives, and
to the survivor, a member of the
On behalf of the Department I am to ask you to accept and convey to those responsible, our grateful thanks for this tribute to our fallen.