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Bü 131 serial number 374 emergency landed near Højer 29/4 1942.


The aircraft belonged to 8./ JG 1 and was coded TU+NY.
T/o Esbjerg. Op: Flight to Husum.


Unteroffozier Franz Steiner of 8./ JG 1 was on a courier flight from Husum to Esbjerg and had by his fellow flyers been assigned to buy eggs to bring back.
When he was preparing for the return flight he was addressed by Staffelkapitän Oberleutnant Werner Gutowski of 9./ JG 1 who wanted a ride to Husum.

Being the junior to Gutowski, Steiner asked if he wanted to pilot the Bü 131, and this he did.
Steiner entered the front cockpit with his eggs and Gutowski piloted from the rear cockpit.

Apparently Gutowski was not very familiar with this type of aircraft and flew it with the throttle wide open even if Steiner tried to ease it back a little.
When they neared Højer the engine quit and at 15:15 hours Gutowski made a emergency landing 1½ kilometres north of Højer in a field belonging to Farmer Peter Redlefsen.

 


                              (Via Helme)



The landing was not very successful and the aircraft was 40% damaged. Steiner was unharmed in the front cockpit except that he had 90 broken eggs all over him while Gutowski had damaged his lower spine and was taken to the lazaretto.
They were helped out of the aircraft by the crew of a local Flak position who afterwards guarded the wreck.



Sources: AS 71-90, LBUK, “JG 1/11” by Prien/Rodeike.
 

 

 

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