Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Ar 96 serial number 4332 crashed near Fliegerhorst Grove 14/4 1942.

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 number 4334.

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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