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Ar 96 serial number 4332 crashed near Fliegerhorst Grove
The aircraft belonged to Jagdgruppe Drontheim (Jagdfl. Schule 3) and was coded ?
T/o Grove. Op: Training.
When flying over Skophus with his instructor in the back seat Student Pilot
Oberfeldwebel Helmut Liefländer made a mistake and collided with Ar 96 serial
Liefländer`s aircraft lost its empennage and crashed to the ground. Liefländer
and the instructor bailed out and the instructor landed safely a short distance
away from the aircraft that crashed in a field belonging to Farmer Nors of
Skophus at approximately 12:00 hours.
Apparently Liefländer got out of the aircraft too late for the parachute to
deploy properly and he was found dead near the wreck.
A team from Grove arrived within a couple of hours and removed the wreck and the
tail that was found in a field belonging to farmer Anton Larsen of Skophus.
Liefländer was left in the field covered with his parachute until in the evening
at 18:00-19:00 hours when his instructor arrived with a number of flyers and
removed the body. The instructor was visibly shaken and continuously complaining
about Liefländer being “wahnsinnig” (out of his mind).
Liefländer was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 18/4 1942.
Sources: RL 2 III/772, BE.
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