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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
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
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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