Englishman returns to the grave of his brother



Englishman returns to the grave of his brother


Translation from newspaper article reporting Philip Jenkinson's visit to Michelbach. Notes that Philip himself was shot down in Halifax south of Augsburg and he visited Michelbach a few days ago and saw memorial to his brothers crew who crashed nearby. Includes information about the people involved in memorial, building, unveiling and names of crew. Concludes with a little about Philip Jenkinson.




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[inserted] Translation of newspaper article reporting our visit to Michelbach 13.9.83 [/inserted]


The airman who crashed at Michelbach is now in the military cemetary [sic] at Durnbach (Bavaria)

Farmer Philip Jenkinson from Shebbear in North Devon (England) was shot down as a member of the crew of a Halifax Bomber 40 years ago south of Augsburg on his way to bomb Munich. Two airmen were killed. He visited Michelbach a few days ago with his sister, Evelyn Paine, his wife Jean and his brother in law Geoff Paine to see the memorial to his brother and crew of a Lancaster Bomber shot down on 28th January 1945. At first the seven airmen were buried in the Michelbach [cemetary [sic]. The two dead members of Philips crew and and the Philips brother with the other six members of his crew were later buried in the R.A.F. cemetary at Durnbach, south east of Munich.

At the MIchelbach cemetary is a memorial stone for the seven killed airmen but Jenkinson’s brother is shown as unidentified. The mayor Erich Dambach, assured that the name Peter Jenkinson will be noted on the gravestone. In two years the English people will come again to Germany.

Karl Frauhammer the builder of the monument for the 7 English airmen near the cafe ‘Gluck I’m Winkel’ received a letter 14 days ago from Philip Jenkinson telling of his visit. The letter was sent from Alscot farm, Shebbear, on 10th August. It was only addressed Michelbach, West Germany. In the whole Federal Republic are 17 Michelbachs. The 15th postcode was the right one.

It was a very windy crossing, but the 4 English people came to the right Michelbach near Heidelberg, although they forgot to address the letter correctly.

At the cafe Gluck I’m Winkel they met the mayor, Erich Dambach, Karl Frauhammer the builder of the monument and the municipal concillor [sic] Gunter Glumm of Michelbach. The Mayor greeted the guest and said they are welcome in Michalbach. [sic] He took them to the monument and Karl Frauhammer explained the the history of how it began.

Nine years ago, October the 13th was the unveiling of the monument attended by the British Air Attache in Bonn, Air Commodore L P G Martin, the British Consul in Stuttgart, Mr H E J Hale and many German personalities. The invitation to the celebration did not reach the Jenkinsons early enough.


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