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Do 18 serial number 839 crashed in the Baltic Sea 18/7
The aircraft belonged to Grosse Kampfflieger Schule 5 and was coded ?
T/o Parow near Stettin. Op: Training.
The Do 18 was seen flying low over the sea when at 14:40 hours one wing touched
the water and the Do 18 crashed into the sea about three kilometres east of
Store Klint near Stege. The tail of the Do 18 could be seen over the water for about 10 minutes before
it sank. None of the crew was seen from land.
Two German sea planes and two land
based aircrafts arrived and the two sea planes landed on the water and searcher
for survivors while the two other aircrafts circled the area.
After about 15
minutes they left. Apparently they brought with them two wounded survivors
namely Pilot Oberfeldwebel Ernst Derks and Student Air Gnr. Oberfähnrich
Flt. Engr. Unteroffizier Oskar Schäffer and Student Observer Oberfähnrich Armin
Kohler lost their lives and were not retrieved from the sea on this day.
According to RL 2 III/ 771 their bodies were later retrieved from the sea, but
their last resting places are not known to the author.
The Do 18 was a 100% loss.
Sources: AD, RL 2 III/771, AS 17-22, Helme, JJ.
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