Mystery tribute at AJ-Z crash site

This tribute to the Dams Raid crew in Lancaster AJ-Z, piloted by Henry Maudslay, has recently been placed in a field near the German town of Emmerich, close to the site of the aircraft’s fatal crash after being shot down on the night of 17 May 1943.

Local people, including members of the local group who have recently come together to raise funds for a permanent memorial, would like to know who erected this cross. The local newspaper, NRZ Emmerich is also investigating the matter. There is no indication on the cross itself, and no clues other than the only word “May” is spelt in English rather than German.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact the organiser of the local group Marcel Hahn via his Facebook page or the NRZ journalist Christian Schmitt. The Dambusters blog would also like to know, so please add a comment below if you can shed any light on the matter!

7 thoughts on “Mystery tribute at AJ-Z crash site

  1. Mohne all the time June 14, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Have spoken to some German contacts and they do not know who has done it. So the mystery deepens .

  2. John Jackson June 14, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    It’s a tribute left by someone calling themselves Dambuster Relics

    • charlesfoster June 14, 2018 / 9:17 pm

      John — No it’s not. That’s a name used by Marcel Hahn, who is involved in the “official” appeal. — Charles

  3. Glen Matthews June 15, 2018 / 2:18 am

    A little clue, for what its worth. The date is written not only in English but in the American format, month first and then day!

    • Christine scott June 15, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      I’d write it the same way it is on the memorial and I’m English but the 17 is crossed the European way and the 9 is too

  4. John Jackson June 15, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    Hi Charles,
    Apologies, yes re read the post!

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