Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Do 18 serial number 861 crashed in the Skagerak 1/4 1941.

The aircraft belonged to 2./ Küstenfliegergruppe 406 and was coded ?
T/o Hörnum ? Op: Heimat

The aircraft emergency landed in the sea of Skagerak 16 miles north of Hanstholm due to engine failure.

The rescue launch of Hanstholm was alerted at 19:20 hours and set out to sea. After having sailed for two hours a white flare was fired which were answered from the aircraft by flares. This continued for a while until the launch sighted the Do 18.

The sea was now quite heavy and it was difficult to transfer the crew from the aircraft to the launch. Four flyers were successfully transferred but a fifth flyer did not want to leave the aircraft and the launch eventually set course for land which was reached after 3 hours.

Sources: AD, RL 2 III/753+1176, Hanstholm rescue launch log book.




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