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Thread: F/O Hansen Lancaster NE165 21-02-'45

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    Default F/O Hansen Lancaster NE165 21-02-'45

    Hi,

    This Lanc and it's highy experienced and decorated crew crashed behind the Gertruda-Hoeve, near the village of 'De Rips', SE Holland.
    F/O Hansen survived if I'm correct, the others (pilot G/C Evans-Evans as well) were killed.

    Is there any info available like a debriefing report from Hansen ? Is he still alive ?

    Thanks.
    KR
    Hans

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    I am always curious, when a Danish/Scandinavian name pops up. Found this:

    "MARSH, SIDNEY. Flight Lieutenant (Flight Engineer). 159890.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
    83 (Pathfinder Force) Squadron, Royal Air Force.
    Died 21 February 1945.
    Buried Mierlo War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Grave Ref: VIII. D. 8.
    Sidney was the Flight Engineer on Lancaster bomber NE165 OL-Y, which was flown by 43 year old Group Captain (Pilot), Anthony Caron Evans-Evans, D.F.C. of Peterborough, Northamptonshire. The aircraft took off from R.A.F. Coningsby, Lincolnshire, at 1707 hours on 21 February 1945, on a mission to mark the Mittelland Canal near Gravenhorst, Germany, for the following bombers of 5 Group to attack. Above Rips, Noord-Brabant, Holland, the bomber was shot down by Luftwaffe night-fighter, and crashed at Gertruda Farm, the home of the Ypna family, killing seven of the Lancaster’s crew of eight, who now lie in adjacent graves at Mierlo. Whilst this is a brief commemoration to Sidney Marsh, mention (albeit again only briefly) should also be made of his comrades that perished with him, as between four of them they had seven gallantry awards, Group Captain, Anthony Caron Evans-Evans D.F.C., the pilot at the age of 43, has the sad distinction of being one of the oldest senior officers to die on R.A.F. bombing operations during the Second World War, who at the time of his death was also the Station Commander of R.A.F. Coningsby. In stark contrast the aircrafts Navigator, Squadron Leader, William G. Wishart D.S.O., D.F.C. and Bar, of Keith, Banffshire, Scotland at the age of 22 was one of the youngest of his rank to be killed in action. Flight Lieutenant (Air Bomber) William C. Fitch in addition to his D.F.C. was also a recipient of the George Medal. Flying Officer (Navigator/Bomber) Desmond A. J.W. Ball D.F.M., of Edmonton, Middlesex, had been awarded his Distinguished flying medal whilst flying with 207 Squadron, R.A.F. Flight Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) Richard J. Tackle also died, but Pilot Officer E .H. Hansen of the Royal Australian Air Force survived the crash."
    (source: http://www.kentfallen.com/PDF%20REPORTS/GREAT%20CHART%20WW2.pdf)

    http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/script/veteran.asp?ServiceID=R&VeteranID=1049859

    http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/honour_roll/search.cfm?aus_award_id=1069595&search_type=quick& showInd=true

    But no luck for me; he was not one of "my" Danes.

    Regards Mikkel Plannthin
    www.danishww2pilots.dk
    Britain's Victory, Denmark's Freedom. Danish Volunteers in Allied Air Forces During the Second World War
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    I love the war Australians digitise everything. His DFC recommandation:
    http://www.awm.gov.au/cms_images/awm192/00304/003040900.pdf

    4 Hansens in Kalgoorlie, WA, where he lived in 1948 according to http://www.whitepages.com.au/ .

    Mikkel
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    Hello Mikkel, good morning to you !

    The info in your first reply was nearly all known. It indeed was a very interesting crew who sadly lost their lives not far from 'me'. This area is more or less littered with crashlocations some of which are quite a mistery. The elderly are leaving us steadily and with them the sources who can provide vital information.

    As far as I know, no Danish/Scandinavians who came down here, except Terry Taerum's brother, Lorne. Suppose you know the name Taerum.. ?

    Thanks for the lead to Kalgoorlie ! I'll have a try.

    Cheers Mikkel,
    Hans

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    A previous thread on the old forum gents,

    http://www.rafcommands.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?az=show_thread&om=9648&forum=DCForumID 6&archive=yes

    regards

    Dennis
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 2nd December 2008 at 00:15. Reason: Sorry Hans, that was your old thead! Its getting late!
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    I have detailed information about the crash and the story of Eddy Hansen. Februari 20th 2011 there will be a memorialservice at the farmershouse in the Rips. Please contact me of you want more information.

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