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Mystery blooms over UK airman's Swedish grave

5 Sep 2012, 13:39

Published: 05 Sep 2012 13:39 GMT+02:00

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The airman, Colin Fredrick Chambers, died in March 1943 when his Halifax DT 620 plane was shot down over the Danish coast after having dropped weapons for the resistance movement in Poland.

All the soldiers died in the crash, with the then 28-year-old Chambers washing up on Swedish shores entangled in parachute ropes.

He was buried with military honour at a church graveyard in Fjelie, southern Sweden.

“Throughout all these years, someone has been putting flowers on the grave – and we have no idea who it is,” said church head Krister Hagman of the Bjärred congregation to The Local.

“When the man’s UK relatives visited the burial site for the first time in spring, they were astonished that someone had taken all the trouble. There were fresh flowers and a ribbon with text.

“They naturally wanted to know more, and plan to give thanks to the unknown person, so they wrote us a letter asking if we knew anything.”

In response, the church put out a notice in their parish paper asking for the mystery well-wisher to come forward, however no one has owned up yet.

“We’ve had a lot of calls, but mostly from newspapers wanting to know more. People are certainly interested," said Hagman

While Hagman confesses he doesn’t know personally who is behind the flowers, he has agreed to get on board with contributions of his own.

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“We’ll be adding our own flowers to the gravesite now too, in honour of the fallen soldier,” he said.

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Your comments about this article

17:05 September 5, 2012 by millionmileman
This is a fascinating story as many instances like these occured all over Europe. One good resource would be for the RAF


For the US Airmen http://www.8thafhs.org/
20:49 September 5, 2012 by Flutterbye
If this was my relative I don't think I would want to know who had been leaving the flowers, the person may not wish to be known.

What I would do is leave a message thanking the person and saying if they want to get in touch see the priest/vicar or whatever they are called in Sweden
18:29 September 7, 2012 by tadchem
It is in the nature of the Hero that when it is seen that something must be done, the Hero does it. Heroes recognize this trait in other heroes. There is no thought given to personal recognition. The Hero simply does what must be done, regardless of any risk, and moves on.

The British airman was a Hero, and died doing a heroic deed.

The unknown mourner is also a Hero to salute another Hero whose deeds might otherwise be forgotten.
12:47 September 10, 2012 by thelionking
To think there are people that lie dead in their homes for years without friends or family noticing......and then reading this article is a refreshing bit of news that humility is not completely gone.

God bless mystery flower person. You will be rewarded for this act of selflessness, I am in no doubt of it. God bless you.
22:20 September 11, 2012 by Emerentia

Here is a translation:

On Tuesday Bengt Ekström from Ängelholm told a reporter from the radio that he and his wife regularly puts flowers on the grave. It started in after a trip to France in 1994 where they visited war scenes.

- We think that we have a debt to pay to these englishmen who saved the western democracy from nazism.
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