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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • CULTURAL COOPERATION

  • 28 September 2017

    The yearly commemoration ceremony of the victims of the RAF Halifax 309 aircraft crash occurred 74 years ago in the Danish village of Slaglille, was solemnly held on the 16 September 2017.

    The yearly commemoration ceremony of the victims of the RAF Halifax 309 aircraft crash occurred 74 years ago in the Danish village of Slaglille, was solemnly held on the 16 September 2017 and attended by representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Copenhagen.

     

    The Polish crew of the Halifax 309 bomber perished in 1943 on their way back from a mission, during which two Polish elite special operation paratroopers (“cichociemni”) were dropped on the occupied territory of Poland. The pilots were buried in the local cemetery of Slaglille. It should be emphasized that the local Danish community took care of the burial of the pilots against strict orders given by the German occupants. It is therefore thanks to the local society that this special place of commemoration still exists and is venerated.

     

    Slaglille is a place where the destiny of Poles and Danes – witnesses and victims of the tragedy of the Second World War – is intertwined. It is to be noted that at the same cemetery 5 members of Lauritz Christensen’s family are also buried –  they died in the fire, as the downed and burning plane crashed into the family farm.

     

    The commemoration ceremony was inaugurated by a common prayer in Danish and Polish in the church and cemetery of Slaglille. After the holy mass the attendees went to the graves of the Christensen family, where representatives of the Polish Embassy – Vice-Consul Agata Grochowska and Defence Attaché, Navy Captain Zbigniew Romanowski, laid a wreath. Thereafter, representatives of the Polish and British Embassies laid wreathes at the graves of the Polish pilots, assisted by the Danish Home Guard. Notably, this year ceremony was attended by Mr. Zbigniew Kasprzak, brother of the deceased pilot Eugeniusz Kasprzak, as well as members of his family.

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