Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted

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He 115B werknummer 1876 ditched in the North Sea 21/10 1939.


The aircraft belonged to 1./Kü.Fl.Gr.405.
T/O List OP: Reconnaissance ?


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 leg.
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 police.

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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