4 airmen found a way På dansk Updated: 12 MAR 2010
On 17 August 1944
crashed near Allindemagle (here).
Budd, Rafter and
Wiens managed to reach Sweden.
"On 27 and 28 August the group »Speditørerne« ("the
shipping agents") took the 4 Canadian airmen
Rafter and Wiens
A total of 15 allied airmen were transferred to
Sweden by "the shipping agents" via "the Sound Service". The 4 airmen just
mentioned were all from the same plane.
Those boys from the large woodland on the other side of the Atlantic were gallant lads.
And it is not pure coincidence that the 2 first airmen we followed to Sweden were Canadians.
At about 7.30 a.m. Pilot Bruce Walter
entered Leo Larsson´s kitchen. He lived next to the farm Allindemagle-gården,
where he was a gamekeeper. The stranger
His wounds were dressed and he was put in Larsson's
bed. A little later he cried when Larsson told him that a killed airman had been
found near the wreckage of
Then Larsson called factory owner Risom in Copenhagen and asked him if he would come for a hunt. Larsson had an idea that Risom might have the right contacts. Risom said he wouldn't! Then Larsson told him that he had to come!
Risom then accepted to go by train to Ringsted,
where Larsson would meet him. On his way to Ringsted Larsson passed a German
road block, and as it was his impression that the Germans were on the move he
made a phone call to his wife. She was told to place the airman in the pheasants
pen, which she immediately
The Germans carried out a search at Larsson's
neighbour's. When they had completed their search they settled just on the other
side of the fence where the airman
Risom stayed in Allindemagle for the night. The next day Walter had a suit of clothes from Larsson. It just fitted. Both of them were big fellows.
The journey went on to Ringsted Railway Station.
Larsson and Risom were in front on their bikes and about 100 m behind them
Walter came on Mrs. Larsson's
Denis Budd landed north of Ringsted. Then he came by truck to the area near Roskilde.
Police Sergeant Magnus Nielsen was called by a farm
owner. Would the police would come and fetch an English airman? Magnus Nielsen
drove to the farm and got
A couple of days later Magnus Nielsen drove the
airman to Copenhagen. He stayed at wireless operator Tage Fischer Holst's. This had been arranged in Roskilde,
Budd stayed at Fischer Holst's for about a week. He
told Holst that his foot had stuck to something when he bailed out. He solved the problem
by slipping out of the boot.
On 27 August Budd was picked up and transported across the Øresund.
We just heard that Walter and Budd reached Copenhagen a few days after the crash. Here they told about their mates, presumably still at large. "The shipping agents" then passed the word that there were wanderers to look for.
In Helsingør Detective Inspector Aksel Petersen, 25 Stubbedamsvej was notified that airmen were at large. Before May 1944 he had been associated with Lieutenant Kiær's route.
When Kiær was arrested, Aksel Petersen joined "the shipping
agents", his main assignment being the transport of mail mail to Sweden via the ferries. After 19
We know that Leo Larsson had seen an airman being captured, and later another airman was captured by the Germans. Now only 2 airmen were at large! Rafter and Wiens were heading for Helsingør!
After his lucky landing Rafter heard the noise from engines of the other planes now on the return flight to England. He had no idea where he had landed. For the time being he felt extremely lonely. All airmen in a situation similar to Rafter's felt the same. His feeling of loneliness was overwhelming! You may have to have tried the situation, if you really want to put yourself in the airmen's place.
After he had collected himself Rafter hid in a
haystack for two days. On the third day he went to a farm where he was told that
he was in Sjælland, near Store
Rafter left the farm and headed for Roskilde. With
the coat of the uniform over his arm he went to a barber's to get rid of his beard
of 4 days. The barber was a bit
For the next three days Rafter walked to the north
east. He headed for Helsingør, where he thought he might get a boat and sail to
Sweden. In Helsingør Rafter
Then Aksel Petersen took care of the airman, but with 4 small children in the house he did not dare to let the airman stay in his house. Therefore he procured accomodation in the town. Shortly after Rafter was sent to "the shipping agents" in Copenhagen.
A couple of days later Aksel Petersen got a message
from manager Manuel Andres in Hellebæk. He had a Canadian airman whom he would
like to pass on.
The four rescued airmen themselves made efforts to avoid being captured by the Germans, and they had good luck - the luck that no airman at any time could do without!