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Memorial Event


On Thursday 12 March 2020, a 75th anniversary event commemorating the attack and crash of Lancaster ME449, with the loss of two lives and evasion of five aircrew, will be held in Tarm, western Jutland, Denmark.  The event will begin with a meet-and-greet reception at Tarm Kirkehuset at 0945 h, followed at 1100 h by a ceremony and wreath laying at Englændegraven.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Organizing Committee: Kirsten Kolby (Tarm, DK), Gail Michener (Picture Butte, CA),  Per Bonde (Tarm, DK), Søren Flensted (Billund, DK).

See Englændergraven for the history of the burial site of gunners Donald Morris and Harvey Porter.
See Evasion Story for details of the evasion of Navigator Stoney Mitchell and Bomb Aimer Mervyn Bertie.

Memorial Event


On Thursday 12 March 2015, a memorial and unveiling event was held at Englændergraven, Tarm, western Jutland to mark the 70th anniversary of the shooting down of Lancaster ME449.  The Ceremony at Englændergraven (corner of Ådumvej and Østermarksvej), which began at 1300 h, included unveiling of a memorial plaque, hymns and songs, speeches and wreath laying.  Dignitaries and guests included representatives of the British and Australian governments, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Danish Resistance, Ringkøbing-Skjern Kommune, Tarm Kirke, and family members of the Allied airmen who were aboard the Lancaster bomber on 12 March 1945.  The Ceremony at the grave site was followed by a Reception at Bechs Hotel in Tarm at which speeches were given by eye witnesses from 1945, family members of the air crew, and Danish historians.

70th Anniversary Event for a collage of the crew members and the program of events held in Tarm on 12 March 2015
70th Ceremony for details of the graveside ceremony and images of the event and memorial plaque
70th Speeches for the text of speeches given by dignitaries, family members of the crew, and eye witnesses
news item on TV MidtVest to view highlights of the ceremony at Englændergraven
12 March 1945 crew for the composition of the crew on the minelaying operation by Lancaster ME449
Englændergraven for the history of the burial site of gunners Donald Morris and Harvey Porter

Additional images from the 70th Anniversary Event can be viewed at the end of Søren Flensted's item on the Airwar over Denmark site and Anders Straarup's item on the Allied Airmen site.

In Memoriam

Dorthea Madsen (nee Kristensen) died 2 July 2016 at the age of 92 years.  On her 21st birthday, 13 March 1945, Dorthea Kristensen located two Allied airmen, Stoney Mitchell and Mervyn Bertie, walking towards the town of Tarm in western Jutland.  She led them to her parent's farm where they were fed and protected.  For further details see Civilian Helpers and 70th Ceremony Speeches.

Group Captain Stan Slater (DSO OBE DFC & Bar), pilot of Lancaster ME449 on 12 March 1945, died on 29 August 2014 at the age of 92 years.  Read Slater's obituary in The Telegraph.

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