1. LK147 - A Short Stirling Story


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    Are you a relative or do you have any information? Please contact: stirlingLK147(at)gmail.com Please visit: https://www.facebook.com/LK147#!/LK147?sk=wall On saturday May 12th 2012 a Commemoration was arranged at the crash site located just 1500 meters south of the western runway at Gardermoen international airport, Norway. Almost 40 relatives came to Norway that weekend, representing 16 of the 20 deceased men. The relatives came all the way from Australia, England and Scottland. After the German surrender on may the 8th 1945, the allied forces carried out "Operation Doomsday" the next day: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Doomsday A total of 30.000 Allied troops were sent to Norway to supervise the disarmament of more than 350,000 German troops. There were fears that the German forces might refuse to surrender and instead resist the Allied occupation forces. At 07.30 local time on May the 10th 1945, 15 aircraft from RAF 190 Squadron took off from Shepherds Grove in Suffolk. The goal was Gardermoen, Norway, but because of bad weather 13 of the aircrafts returned to Sheperds Grove. One aircraft landed safely, but LK147 from the 196 Squadron crashed in the deep valley about 2 km south of the west runway at the Gardermoen airport. Another Stirling LK297 crashed in Andtjernåsen, Sørkedalen outside Oslo http://ktsorens.tihlde.org/flyvrak/sorkedalen.html and another Stirling LJ899 crashed at lake Røgden, Finnskogen on the Norwegian-Swedish border http://ktsorens.tihlde.org/flyvrak/rogden.html The cause is uncertain, but the eyewitness Sigmund Vøien (25 at that time), observed that the aircraft came in low, about 10 meters above the roof top on the farm. Another eyewitness has said that one of the two engines on the left side suddenly caught fire. Vøien on the other hand, didn`t see any fire or smoke. 20 men were killed, among them Flying Officer John Leonard Breed (24) from Western Australia, 5 of his crew members and 14 soldiers from the THE BORDER REGIMENT 1ST AIRBORNE BATTALION. No one survived. During "Operation Doomsday" 663 planes landed at Gardermoen and 405 at Sola, bringing 7139 soldiers. A temporarly Cemetary was established at the crash site. On November the 17th 1945 the remains were exhumed and buried at Oslo western civil cemetery, Vestre gravlund, (Commonwealth War Graves). Some remains of the Short Stirling LK147 is still there, on the banks of the little river Sogna, eroded by the ravages of time. The small Cemetary at Sogna was almost forgotten, when senior adviser for cultural affairs in Nannestad Municipality Lars Jahr together with Ullensaker Historical society, removed trees and shrubs, and reconstructed the beautiful and simple white picket fence during summer 2009 and 2010. In memory of: ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE: Flying Officer John Leonard BREED 24 RAAF Pilot Warrant Officer Hugh Joseph KILDAY 31 RAAF ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE: Flight Sergeant Harold Alfred BELL 32 Flight Sergeant David WELCH 34 Wireless Operator Flight Sergeant Lionel James Douglas GILYEAD 21 Warrant Officer Raymond Charles IMPETT 32 Navigator THE LEICESTERSHIRE REGIMENT: Lieutenant Frederick Geoffrey SAVILLE 20 THE BORDER REGIMENT 1ST AIRBORNE BATTALION: Private Frederick BROWN 25 Private Thomas Dalrymple BROWN 26 Corporal Charles GAVAGHAN 34 Private Thomas LAYCOCK 26 Private George Alan LITTLE 25 Private Robert MCKEOWN 30 Private Horace NEWBY 32 Private Joseph PAGAN 25 Private George Thomas PHIPPS 25 Lance Corporal Thomas Errington RICHARDSON 25 Lance Sergeant Frank Raymond SEABURY 29 Private Joseph SMETHURST 38 Lance Corporal Alexander Barr TODD 25 How to get there - park by the green arrow: http://g.co/maps/hcnkh Follow the blue route. More info: http://www.eub.no/kultur/article5281099.ece http://www.rb.no/lokale_nyheter/article2232629.ece Gravplass frem i dagen: http://klubbinfo.no/6vd http://klubbinfo.no/3pj From NWT.se http://www.nwt.se/familj/article562646.ece Music by Knut Reiersrud & Iver Kleive - Som Den Gyldne Sol Frembryter - from the album Blå koral. http://open.spotify.com/album/70eW0iGBJWPduUjHQIYq4f

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