Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Do 217E-4 serial number 5370 crashed in the North Sea 19/8 1942.

The aircraft belonged to 5./ KG 40 and was coded F8+BN.
T/o Soesterberg. Op: Recce by the English east coast.

F/O J M Bryan, flying Whirlwind P7046, and Sgt Roberts, in Whirlwind P7121 of 137 Squadron were 'scrambled' from Matlaske at 10:10 hours and directed towards a 'Bandit'.  While flying at an altitude of 4,000 ft some 50 miles off Happisburgh, they sighted the Do 217 about 1,000 ft below them. They dived on the Do 217 together and opened fire. The German gunners returned fire. Bryan opened fire with a 3 second burst from 250 yds and saw pieces flying off the Do 217. He then used up his remaining ammunition in two short bursts.  Roberts moved in closer astern of the Do 217 and fired three bursts. The four man crew of the Do 217, which was then at 1,500 ft, were seen to bale out. The aircraft, by this time on fire, was seen to pull up sharply before stalling and crashing into the sea and became a 100% loss.
Pilot Oberleutnant Adolf Wolf survived to become a prisoner of war while the rest of the four man crew died.

The body of Navigator Stabsfeldwebel Erich Rösner was found washed ashore near Vedersø and was on 12/10 1942 laid to rest in Lemvig cemetery with a German army chaplain officiating at the graveside ceremony.

Wop Unteroffizier Walter Hamann was found washed ashore on the Danish west coast on 13/10 1942 and was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on the same day.

Engineer Feldwebel Kurt Glatzel was found washed ashore on 14/10 and was laid to rest in Fourfelt cemetery, Esbjerg on 16/10 1942.





Sources: WaSt, RL 2 III/762, KLe, BL, BE, Robert Collins.



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