Airwar over Denmark

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Bf 109B serial number 391 crashed at Almind 23/10 1941.


The aircraft belonged to Jagdgruppe Drontheim (Jagdfl. Schule 3) and was coded ?
T/o Grove. Op: Training.


Apparently Student Pilot Gefreiter Hermann Beinkämper experienced a problem with his aircraft and bailed out.
The Bf 109 crashed at 15:00 hours near the church of Almind village nine kilometres southwest of Viborg and was a 100% loss. Either he was too low when he bailed out or his parachute malfunctioned because at 16:55 hours Beinkämper was found standing to his knees in a bog near Snabegaarde about 1½ kilometres northeast from the crash site.

When Svend Fisker found him he was still alive and mumbled a few words before he passed away.

Beinkämper was laid to rest in Frederikshavn cemetery on 29/10 1941.

The canopy of the aircraft was found at Tolstrupgaard farm south of Almind about 2 kilometres to the southeast of the crash site.


Note: German reports states that the crash was due to Beinkämper having hit an obstacle.




Sources: RL 2 III/771, LBUK, Svend Fisker.
 

 

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