P 51C-10-MT 43-25049 crashed in Grådybet 27/8-1944.
The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force 20 Fighter Group, 55 Fighter
T/O KIngscliffe. OP: Berlin.
The P 51 that was named „Shorty“ was escorting bombers. The attack on Berlin was
cancelled due to bad weather and Esbjerg was attacked as target of opportunity.
The P 51`s attacked targets on the ground on and around the airfield. 2nd Lt
Alfonso H. Kent´s aircraft was hit by flak and he continued out over the coast
and bailed out a 2-3 miles off shore.
He landed in the waters of “Grådyb” and entered his dinghy. Soon he was picked
up by the Danish fishing vessel E 147 “Jette Marie” and taken to Esbjerg where
they had to hand him over to the German Marine who treated him a bit rough
before he was handed over to the Luftwaffe at the airfield.
On 29/8 he was sent to Dulag Luft at Oberursel for interrogation. After a while
he was sent to Stalag Luft I Barth.
Sources : MACR, UA,”Vestjyden”, ”Luftangreb på Vestjylland” by Petersen/Anthonisen,
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P 51C-10-MT 43-25049 crashed in Grådybet 27/8-1944
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miles WSW of Blåvand 27/8-1944
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