Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

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Bf 109E landed Nørhus - Ballum 10/1 1940.


The aircraft belonged to JG 101 and was coded 12.
T/o Westerland Op: Feindflug.


Pilot Unteroffizier Willi Melchert took off from Westerland at approximately 13:30 hours to defend the island of Sylt against an English attack.
He headed northwest over the North Sea to meet the English aircrafts. He did not find any and was on his way back to base when the engine started to give him problems, believed due to lack of lubrication.
 
He headed for land and passed over the south end of the island of Rømø. At 14: 45 hours he landed in a field belonging to Farmer Ehmsen of Nørrehus not knowing if he was in Germany or Denmark. The landing went well except that the tyre was ripped off the right main wheel.
 


                                  (Via Helme)

Note the tire on the wing
 


                                      (Via Helme)


At 21:15 hours in the evening Melchert was taken to the army barracks in Tønder by the Danish police. On the next day he was sent to Hald near Viborg where he was interned until the German occupation of Denmark on 9/4 1940.

 


                  (Via Torben Vinge Christensen)

 


                     (Via Torben Vinge Christensen)

 


                    (Via Torben Vinge Christensen)

The aircraft at Skærbæk train station

 



Sources: RL 2 III/184, UA, Newspaper Berlinske Tidende.

 

 

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