Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Bf 110E-2N serial number 3838 crashed in the sea south of the island of Fanø 29/1 1941.

The aircraft belonged to 5. / ZG 76 and was coded M8+?N.
T/o ? Op: Feindflug.

The aircraft crashed into the sea south of the island of Fanø due to engine failure at approximately 19:20 hours and was a 100% loss.

The life boat of Sønderho on the southern part of Fanø was alerted at 23:00 hours and informed that the crew of the Bf 110 had been observed on a sheet of ice drifting east. Ten men walked out on the ice with a small boat towards a light that had been observed in the direction of the island of Mandø. After a while the light disappeared and after a fruitless search the team returned towards Sønderho where they arrived at 03:00 hours.

The next day they were informed that Leutnant Karl Helmer who was wounded and his Wireless operator had been found by the Danish S/S Mortensen and had been brought to Esbjerg by a German Vorpostboot.

Sources: RL 2 III/1178, KT, Journal of the Sønderho lifeboat.



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