Lest We Forget

1939 - 1945

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

McCallum, George Ker Loudon

Rank
Sergeant, RAF, 103 Squadron
Service Number
574552
Born
about 1923 at Kingskettle
Parents
Dugald and Isabella McCallum, North Queensferry
Date of death
29 April 1943 (Aged about 20)
Grave
A 10 5 Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery, Denmark
Other Memorials
Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Other Information

McCallum grave
Grave of George McCallum

103 Squadron was based at Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire and operated Lancaster bombers.

At 2057 on 28 April 1943, Lancaster III serial ED733, marked PM-X, took off from Elsham Wolds on Operation “Gardening”, which throughout the war was RAF code for laying mines.

The target area was “Tangerines” which was in the Baltic off Pillau (then in Prussia, now called Baltiysk, Russia).

On the way home, the aircraft was shot down by a night fighter and crashed about 0220 at Jordrup, which is 12 km NW of Kolding, Denmark

All the crew are in Esbjerg (Fourfelt) cemetery. They were:-

Sgt A D Nicholson (Pilot)

Sgt G L K McCallum (Flight Engineer)

P/O L Meakin (Navigator)

Sgt J C Lilley (Bomb Aimer)

Sgt T J Daley (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner)

Sgt M D Peters (Air Gunner)

Sgt A Segal (Air Gunner)

The Germans photographed the crash and after the war the story was researched by the local Danes.

McCallume
George McCallum

Lancaster 1
Lancaster PM-X after crash
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Lancaster PM-X after crash
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Lancaster PM-X after crash
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Lancaster PM-X after crash
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Lancaster PM-X after crash
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Lancaster PM-X after crash
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Lancaster PM-X after crash
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Lancaster PM-X after crash
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Lancaster PM-X after crash
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Lancaster PM-X after crash
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Lancaster PM-X after crash
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Lancaster PM-X after crash


Here dead we lie, Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land, From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, And we were young.

[A.E. Housman]

When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Your Tomorrow,
We gave our Today

[Kohima, attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds]

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