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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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