An Account from Estruplund På dansk Updated: 08 DEC 2012
On 30 August 1944
LAN PB143 crashed
in connection with
Operation 30 AUGUST 1944.
Memorial Stone to 6 British Airmen.
On 10 June 2012 www.airmen.dk received An account of my experience of the night between 29 and 30 August 1944 from Kristian Boje Pedersen.
"This is what I remember from that night. I was born in September 1937, so I was nearly 7 years old at the time of the event.
My two younger siblings and I were awakened
by Dad and Mum as they thought that something was happening which might
mean that we had to leave our
There was a lot of noise from planes in the
air and constant fire from machine guns. My father realized that something
The plane went on to the south and we could
not see the sea of flames any more. Shortly after, maybe some minutes later,
we again heard the sound from
A moment later our 7 horses were standing in
our yard shaking with fear as the plane had crashed into the pen where they
were. My father and veterinary surgeon
In relatively short time (some
hours) German military arrived and guards were placed at the crash site.
Before noon people in the village of Ingerslev,
where we lived,
I remember that the German soldiers were very
young and scared. They fetched milk from my father when they were on duty
as guards. One of them, Anton, may
In some places in the literature about this
air crash it is stated that the plane crashed into Jens Hansen's field. That
is not correct. It crashed into my father's field.
The experiences are perfectly clear in my memory as if it happened yesterday. I think it may be because it was the first time that I saw my parents scared."