Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted

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Bf 109B-1 serial number 0605 crashed near Silkeborg 25/10 1941.


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


The Bf 109 was circling high in the sky north of Silkeborg with three more aircrafts when it collided with Bf 109C-1 serial number 0327 and crashed smoking to the ground in Bjørnholt Moor at 10:38 hours.

Student Pilot Unteroffizier Kurt Hoffmann ejected the canopy and tried to get out but apparently did not get free of the aircraft and was hit by the propeller. His body was found deep in the moor with the front of the Bf 109.
The hole filled fast with water and the Germans needed pumps to be able to retrieve the engine and pilot. The job took about four days and the aircraft was a 100% loss.

Unteroffizier Kurt Hoffmann was laid to rest in Frederikshavn cemetery on 31/10 1941.

The canopy was later found in a field belonging to Farmer Christian Thomsen where it had hit an injured a young horse.




Sources: RL 2 III/765+1178, LBUK, AS 38-81.
 

 

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