Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

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Bf 110D crash landed at Esbjerg 15/8 1940.


The aircraft belonged to 2. / ZG 76 and was coded M8+?K.
T/0 Stavanger Op: Attack on airfields Dishforth and Linton-on-Ouse.


The Bf 110 was attacked by a British fighter and Pilot Unteroffizier Bernhard Richter was hit in the head and lost consciousness. The Bf 110 dived vertically towards the sea and Wop Unteroffizier Hans Geishecker chose to bail out.

Richter regained consciousness in time to gain control of the aircraft and set course eastwards at wave-top height until he reached Denmark where he crash landed the Bf 110 at Esbjerg airfield.
 
Richter was taken to the Sct. Josef hospital in Esbjerg where he was treated for the shot in the head

Geishecker did not survive landing in the sea and today he rest in Flensburg-Am Friedenshügel cemetery in Germany.




Sources: RL 2 III/1174, “Zerstörer” by Vasco and Cornwell, WASt.
 

 

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