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Ju 52/3m serial number 4039 crashed in the Baltic Sea 14/7
The aircraft belonged to Blindfliegerschule 4 and was coded ?
T/o Kastrup Op: Training.
The aircraft crashed into the Baltic Sea 5-6 kilometres east of St. Heddinge
with its six man crew.
The only survivor was a Feldwebel who was rescued by the ship “Meteor”.
The dead body of Wop Instructor Unteroffizier Hans Thalec was also retrieved
from the sea by “Meteor” and taken to Standort Lazarett Kopenhagen in København.
Thalec was laid to rest in København Vestre cemetery.
The body of Flying Instructor Oberfeldwebel Martin Speigl was washed ashore west
of the Swedish town of Ystad on 6/8 1941. He now rest in Trelleborg cemetery,
Student Pilot Gefreiter Viktor Lechner has no known grave.
Student Pilot Unteroffizier Helmut Wirth was declared to be dead later in 1941,
but where he is buried is unknown to the author.
The body of Student Wop Unteroffizier Heinz Rutenberg was eventually washed
ashore in Denmark and was laid to rest in København Vestre cemetery.
Sources: WASt, RL 2 III/771, AD, LWIS.
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