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Bf 109B serial number 612 belly landed west of Herning
The aircraft belonged to Jagdgruppe Drontheim (Jagdfl. Schule 3) and was coded ?
T/o Grove. Op: Training.
Four aircrafts were observed over Nøvling west of Herning, when one of the
engines started backfiring. Bf 109B serial number 612 was belly landed at
apporxemately 15:00 hours with the engine stopped and skidded across the frozen
field. The belly was ripped open by the frozen ground and the aircraft was 25%
damaged, but the pilot was unharmed.
Immanuel Nielsen and his brother who lived
on the next farm had seen the landing and took the pilot to a nearby farm that
had a telephone from where the pilot called Grove.
After the call he walked back
to his aircraft to guard it. When a four man guard arrived, the pilot left with
the car that had brought them. The guard was billeted at Immanuels father’s farm
where they were given a room to stay in between their guard duty. When they had
been served coffee during the evening all four of them laid down to sleep with
the remark “Kalt” (Cold).
Next morning they were in a hurry to get to the aircraft so no one would know
that they had slept during the night.
Sources: LBUK, JJ.
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