Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

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He 111H-3 crashed in the Baltic off Møn 24/7 1940.


The aircraft belonged to 6./ KG 26 and was coded 1H+LP.
T/o Lübeck. Op: Training.


Leutnant Karros expierenced engine problems when over the Lille Bælt and looked for a suitable place to land at the island of Møn. He found no place that satisfied him and he started back towards Germany.

He was about 3 ½ miles southeast of Klintholm harbour when the He 111 crashed.
 
Karros and two more of the crew managed to get out of the aircraft and were soon picket up from the water by fisherman Frederik Hansen and his farther Skipper Hans Christian Hansen in fishing vessel K1000.
On the way to shore they met the Danish patrol boat R8 and handed the Germans over.

Unteroffizier Leo Kasnitz and Gefreiter Ferdinand Köhling did not get out and drowned.
 
Köhling was found at Molen Lübecker Bucht bay and was laid to rest in Wiek cemetery in Germany while Kassnitz have no known grave.




Sources: RL 2 III/1174, VDK, Report Stege police.
 

 

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