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He 115B werknummer 1876 ditched in the North Sea 21/10
The aircraft belonged to 1./Kü.Fl.Gr.405.
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The squadron lost four He 115`s on this day due to British Hurricane fighters
from 46 squadron.
He 115B serial number 1876 was badly damaged and navigator Leutnant Gottfried A. A. Lenz was wounded from a bullet in his right hand lower
Pilot Unteroffizier Peter Grossgarts attempted a landing in the North Sea
near the Danish steamship “Dagmar Clausen” of Odense, but one swimmer broke off
and the seaplane turner over a couple of times before it sank. Lanz and
Grossgarts managed to get out of the aircraft and were soon picked up by a life
boat from “Dagmar Clausen”.
The flyers claimed that there had been no one else onboard the aircraft.
This happened at position 54`02N 03`29E at 15:45 hours.
The ship arrived in Korsør on 25/10 and the flyers were handed over to the
On 30/10 it was decided by the ministry that the flyers could be released and
allowed to return to Germany.
Sources: UA, RL 2 III/184, Newspapers “Nationaltidende” and “Politiken”, MH.
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