Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

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He 111J-1 ditched in the sea of Kattegat 3/4 1940.


The aircraft belonged to 3./ Kü.Fl.Gr.806 and was coded M7+CH.
T/o 08:30 Holtenau. Op: Recce.


At 09:26 hours the crew experienced engine problems resulting in a fire and the He 111 was ditched in the sea 2 miles south of the “Hatter rev” between the islands of Samsø and Sejrø.
 
The crew, Oberleutnant Adam W. Beck, Feldwebel Heinrich J. Baasch, Feldwebel Georg F. Juchelko and Unteroffizier were unharmed and entered the aircrafts dinghy.
Several fishing boats as well as the schooner “Havet” of Svendborg offered assistance, but this was refused by the flyers.
 
At 16:30 hours the dinghy had drifted ashore near Lilleballe on the eastside of the island of Samsø and the crew walked up to the “Holmegården” farm where the asked to use the telephone of farmer Peter Sørensen to call the German Consul in Aarhus.
 
Afterwards Peter Sørensen called the police and the flyers were picked up and taken to the “Flinchs” hotel in Tranebjerg for questioning. They were kept at the hotel until 9/4 1940 when the Germans occupied Denmark.



Sources: UA, Carsten Petersen.
 

 

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