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Ar 196A-2 crashed in the sea off Ristinge harbour 16/4 1940.


The aircraft belonged to 5./ Bordfliegergruppe 196 and was coded ?
T/o Aalborg See Op: Search for U boats in the sea of Kattegat.


When attempting a landing on the sea off Ristinge harbour on the island of Langeland at 06:10 hours the Arado overturned and the crew drowned. By help of a winch on a ship the aircraft was lifted free of the water and the two drowned crew members was freed and brought ashore.
 
The crew were Navigator Leutnant zur See Hans W. Kappen and Pilot Unteroffizier Friedrich Starke.
 
The local police informed the Wehrmacht about the accident and on the same evening a ship arrived from Kiel to retrieve the Arado and to bring the flyers back to Germany.
 
Leutnant Kappen rest in Flensburg-Am Friedenshügel cemetery while it is not known where Unteroffizier Starke rest.



Sources: Helme, Constable C. M. Madsen, VDK.
 

 

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