Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted

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Ju 88A-1 serial number 3103 crashed at Kraghede 26/8 1940.


The aircraft belonged to 6./ KG 30 and was coded 4D+FH
T/o Grove. Op: Attack on conwoy HX.65A.


When returning from England Leutnant Günter Kiessner apparently lost his bearings, and due to low fuel he tried an emergency landing at Kraghede at 23:50 hours.

The landing took place near the farm “Vester Kraghede”. The Ju 88 approached from northwest and touched down in a potato field from which it continued for another 175 metres before it hit a 2,50 metre height rise in the terrain and disintegrated.
 
The engines were found further 150 metres ahead, one having hit and killed a horse while the other had damaged a house.
 
The wreckage was spread over a 2500 square metres area, and among it were found the four dead crew members.
 
Pilot Leutnant Günter Kiessner, Wop Unteroffizier Helmut Schulz, Air Gnr. Gefreiter Max Stange and Bombardier Unteroffizier Alfred Müllich were laid to rest in Lindholm cemetery on 29/8 1940 and Field Priest Vorrat of Hamburg officiated at the graveside ceremony.

In the late sixties their remains were transferred to the German cemetery in Grove.

 


                             (Rainer Wiedemann)

Wop Unteroffizier Helmut Schulz

 


                          (Rainer Wiedemann)

The graves in Lindholm cemetary

 

Underneath are the graves in Grove

 

 

 

 



Sources: WASt, RL 2 III/1174, Letter from W. Stahl, AD, Report Sæby police, Rainer Wiedemann.
 

 

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