There is a Canadian airman buried there, he is a pilot P/O W.F. Hull.
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Hampden I AE148 crashed Sanderum 11/12-1941.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 408 Sqn. and was coded EQ-B.
T/O 17:15 Balderton. OP: Gardening Kiel Bay.
At 21:00 hours the aircraft crashed in a field between Dyrup and Sanderum near Odense. Apparently the aircraft exploded before hitting the ground and parts of the aircraft as well as parts of human beings were found spread over quite a large area.
The aircraft seems to have still been carrying the mines when exploding since a crater 6 x 12 meter wide and 3 meters deep was found in the field. The crew of four died.
During the evening the remains of Sgt Lynn Harding and Sgt Samuel Jamieson were found in the field while the remains of Pilot P/O William Francis Hull RCAF and Sgt Duncan Luin Todd RNZAF were found in the wreck the next day.
They were laid to rest in Odense Assistens Cemetery on 15/12-1941 at 09:00. The graveside ceremony was performed by a German Field priest and no Danes except Mayor Werner, Vice Mayor Christensen and Head of Police Seldorf were allowed to enter the cemetery while this was done.
On 11 December 1941 HAM AE148 crashed at Sanderum near Odense in connection with a minelaying operation over the Kiel Bay. All on board were killed.
In Sanderum this monument from 1949 is now here, about 100 m east of the crash site. In 1941 it was in a field. Now there are houses. (Source: Bent Henriksen)
The German attitude to the burial of airmen changed during the war!
“On 15 December 1941 at 10 a.m. the burial of the 4 airmen took place as a German military burial carried out by a German army chaplain.
Mayor I. V. Werner and Chief Constable H. M. V. Seldorf attended the ceremony from the Danish side, while the Garrison Commander-in-Chief, Colonel Mikkelsen and about 30 officers, who, unannounced, had come for the ceremony, were ordered to leave by the Germans about 20 minutes before the start of the burial.
The ceremony started from the chapel of rest where a German guard of honour stood at the 4 coffins. From here the coffins were carried to the plot by German soldiers.
A German company of honour led the procession. At the grave a German army chaplain made a funeral oration and officiated at the graveside. Then the coffins were lowered to drum rolls and horn chorales. Then a salute of honour was fired over the grave.
According to German custom the German officers, the two Danish civil servants and engineer Jørgen Christensen, member of the City Council, also sprinkled earth
on the graves. Inscribed wreaths were laid by the Danish and the German side. The great crowd of people who had attended the burial at a distance were allowed to
enter the cemetery after the ceremony.” (Source: FAF)
5 days later the inspector of cemeteries writes in his diary:
“There is a constant flow of people to our new soldiers’ graves with wreaths and bunches of flowers. The 4 wreaths from the Germans are continually covered, but the Germans bring them out again every day.”
With a wrong caption about the crash…