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Samuel Albert MacKenzie

In memory of:

Flying Officer Samuel Albert MacKenzie

August 30, 1944

Dejbjerg, Denmark

Military Service


Service Number:

J/35059

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

101 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Commemorated on Page 373 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

DEJBJERG CHURCHYARD
Denmark

Grave Reference:

N/A

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Flying Officer Samuel Albert MacKenzie is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Samuel Albert MacKenzie is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
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  • Photo of Samuel Albert MacKenzie– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Samuel Albert MacKenzie– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
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  • Correspondence– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Correspondence– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Cemetery– Photo and excerpt of story used with permission of Soren Flensted at www.flensted.eu.com Airwar Over Denmark.

Lancaster III LM 479 of 101 (RAF) Sqn took off 21:30 from their base Ludford Magna on an bombing raid to Stettin, Germany.  There were 8 crew members on board:  4 RCAF and 4 RAF, and two of them were Air Bombers.   On the return flight LM479 was attacked by a German night fighter and crashed at Dejbjerg. Apparently it exploded in the air and crashed in the fields belonging to Kjærgaard farm at 03:58 hours.
A search for the crew remains was first conducted by the Wehrmacht and then a search was organized under the command of Captain Kisbye of C.B.U. in Herning and the remains collected were placed in  four coffins and taken to the Dejbjerg cemetery where members of the resistance movement had dug a grave.

On 14/9 1944 at 19:30 a ceremony was held by Vicar Hans Pedersen and the crew were laid to rest.
They were:
F/O (P) Thomas Foster RCAF                                                                                                                                                                                       F/S (N) Alfred R. Chalmers RCAF                                                                                                     
F/O (AB) Samuel A. Mackenzie RCAF                                                                                            
 P/O (AG/WO) Hubert J. Linn RCAF                                                                                                   
Sgt (FE) George F. Gibson, RAF      
P/O (AB) Cyril Cousin, RAF                                                                                                                
Sgt. (AG) Andrew Stewart, RAF                                                                                                               W/O (AG) William Owen, RAF
  • Funeral– Photo courtesy of Søren C. Flensted, Airwar Over Denmark //flensted.eu.com
The graves were dug by members of the resistance and on 14/9 1944 at 19:30 a ceremony was held by Vicar Hans Pedersen and the crew were laid to rest.

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