P 51D-5-NA 44-13991 crashed in the North Sea 20 miles WSW
of Blåvand 27/8-1944.
The aircraft belonged to USAAF, 8 Air Force, 20 Fighter Group, 77 Fighter
T/O Kingscliffe. OP: Berlin.
44-13991 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 Edward W. Doerings aircraft was hit by flak and approximately 20 miles
WSW of Blåvand a fire started and at 15:22 hours Doering bailed out. He landed
in the water and entered his dinghy.
Aircrafts from his squadron circled the
place until 15:25 hours when they returned to England.
The Danish fishing vessel
E 24 “Eilif” of Esbjerg had seen the plane go down and set course for the place.
At 17:20 Doering was picked up by “Eilif”.
A German vorpostboot have observed
that Doering had been picked up and “Eilif” had to hand him over. He was sent to
Dulag Luft in Oberursel for interrogation and ended up in Stalag Luft I Barth.
Sources: MACR, UA, ”Luftangreb på Vestjylland” by Petersen/Anthonisen.
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P 51D-5-NA 44-13991 crashed in the North Sea 20
miles WSW of Blåvand 27/8-1944
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