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JU 88A-1 crashlanded at Købelev 16/3 1940.
The aircraft belonged to 3./KG 30 and was coded 4D+AL.
T/o 16:00 approx. Marx . Op: Scape Flow.
When returning from Scape Flow with battle damage the crew lost its way and
first saw land when flying over the Danish island of Lolland. The Ju 88 circled
for a while and dropped flares before it at approximately 23:30 hours belly
landed at Magelunde gård farm near Nakskov. The crew set fire to the Ju 88 and
left the site.
On 18/3 at 01:30 hours Unteroffizier Erich Klose knocked on the door at
“Birkemosegaard” farm near Vindeby and asked for food. Farmer Alfred Pedersen
asked him in and served coffee and bread before he called the police. Klose was
taken to the police station in Nakskov for questioning and later quartered at
At 04:00 hours in the morning the herdsman at “Birkemosegaard” started the days
work in the cowshed and found three German flyers. The police was again called
to “Birkemosegaard” and took the flyers to Nakskov. They were Unteroffizier
Siegfried Werner Matner, Obergefreiter Fritz Wilhelm Gottlebe and Obergefreiter
Hans Erich Voss. They explained that they had walked west after the landing and
had hidden in a seaweed shack for the day and only left it when darkness fell.
They had arrived at the farm during the night and had hidden in the cowshed.
They did not want to tell about their mission. They too were quartered at the
On 20/3 the flyers were transferred to Hald near Viborg,
where they were interned until 9/4 1940 when the Germans occupied Denmark.
Sources: UA, Newspaper “Nationaltidende”, RL 2 III/1173.
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