Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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P 51D-5-NA 44-13951 crashed in Grådyb 27/8-1944.

The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force20 Fighter Group,55 Fighter Squadron.
T/O Kingscliffel. OP: Berlin.

44-13951 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.
Lt. Col. Cy Wilson attacked from northeast and was hit by flak. He managed to climb and continued out over the sea where he bailed out 8-10 miles from the coast.

Other aircrafts pointed fishing vessel E 332 “Benny Jensen” towards Wilson and he was picked up. When approaching Esbjerg harbour a German vorpostboot demanded that he was handed over.

On 29/7 Wilson was sent to Dulag Luft at Oberursel for interrogation.
After interrogation he was sent to Stalag Luft I Barth.

Sources: MACR, UA, ”Luftangreb på Vestjylland” by Petersen/Anthonisen.


27/8 1944

P 51D 44-13936 crashed at Bov Mark near Frøslev 27/8-1944

B 17G-BO 43-37629 crashed at Sædden near Esbjerg 27/8-1944

B 17G-BO 42-37841 hit over Esbjerg 27/8-1944

P 51C-10-MT 43-25049 crashed in Grådybet 27/8-1944

P 51D-5-NA 44-13733 crashed in Grådyb 27/8-1944

P 51D-5-NA 44-13951 crashed in Grådyb 27/8-1944

P 51D-5-NA 44-13991 crashed in the North Sea 20 miles WSW of Blåvand 27/8-1944




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