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Bf 110D-3 serial number 3687 crashed at Abild Vestermark
The aircraft belonged to 5./ NJG 3 and was coded G9+DS.
T/o Schleswig. Op: Feindflug.
The Bf 110 took off from Fliegerplatz Schleswig operated by Leutnant Herbert
Krause and Wop Unteroffizier Heinz Wilting. At 00:48 hours they claimed Stirling
W7618 approximately 30 miles west of Esbjerg and set course back to base.
At 01:10 hours it was observed circling Flugplatz Tondern with stopped engines.
A flare was fired and the Bf 110 was seen to turn towards northwest at 150
It hit the ground at a flat angle in a field belonging to farmer Christian
Rothenberg at Abild Vestermark north of Tønder.
It ploughed its way through a spruce hedge and cut down some telephone wires and
skidded for about 250 metres while disintegrating and finally ended up in a
Apparently Unteroffizier Wilting had managed to bail out of the Bf 110 as he was
found dead approximately 20 metres from the fuselage with a deployed parachute.
It seems as if his parachute had entangled with the tail of the Bf 110.
Krause was found dead in the pond.
The wreck and the crew were retrieved by Luftwaffe personnel from Fliegerplatz
The Bf 110 was a 100% loss.
Wilting was laid to rest in Essen-Frintrop cemetery in Germany while it is not
known where Krause rest.
Sources: RL 2 III/762+1182, RL 19 via JJ, LBUK, AS 64-396, AS 71-119.
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