Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted

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Mustang III FX999 crashed near Fonnesbæk 21/5 1944.


The aircraft belonged to RAF 19 Sqn Fighter Command and was coded QV-?


Together with seven more Mustangs FX999 piloted by F/Lt Anthony G. Bird DFC escorted two Mosquitos of 418 Sqn. on a Day ranger to Denmark. Landfall was made east of Lild Strand where the squadron split into two formations with one Mosquito and Red and Blue section flying to the north of Aalborg and one Mosquito and White and Green section to the south of Aalborg.

The sections firet at several German aircrafts and south of Ikast White and Green formation was attacked by a German Bf 109G-5 piloted by Unteroffizier Wolfgang Schröder-Barkhausen of 10./JG 11.

While still firing his guns he collided with Green One flown by F/Lt Anthony G. Bird DFC killing both himself and Bird. The aircrafts crashed to the ground a few hundred meters from each other near Fonnesbæk gaard farm south of Ikast at 16:40 hours.

The body of F/Lt Anthony G. Bird DFC was taken to the chapel in Ikast and later transferred to Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg where it was laid to rest on 23/5 1944.

 



Sources: LBUK, Air 28/169, AIR 50/146, AIR 50/10, AIR 27/1821, AS 59-206, BE.
 

 

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