Airwar over Denmark

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He 59C crashed in the sea of Kattegat 6/5 1940.

The aircraft belonged to Kü.Fl.St. 1./ 706 and was coded 6i+IH.
T/o København. Op: Submarine hunt.


The aircraft had been on a submarine hunt near Skagen and was returning to København when it ran into heavy low fog. At 06:10 hrs it saw land but mistook Swedish Kullen for the northeastern coast of Sjælland. Swedish mashine guns opened fire and the He 59 was hit in the left engine, the propeller and the floats. The left engine quit and the aircraft made a forced landing in the sea of Kattegat. The aircraft sank slowly and the crew had time to transfer to the dinghy and to destroy its secret papers and code key.
The He 59 was a 100 % loss but the crew was rescued by the Danish freighter “Niobe” belonging to Lauritzen of København and taken to Helsingør.



Sources: RM 35 I/64 via Jens Andersen, RL 2 III/884.


 

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