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Ju 88C-6 serial number 360048 shot down west of Aalborg 16/6 1943.


The aircraft belonged to 10./ NJG 3 and was coded D5+CV.
T/o Aalborg West. Op: Calibration flight fro radar.


While flying target on a calibration flight for a radar station the Ju 88 was apparently flying with its position lights on. Mosquito UP-R of 605 Squadron piloted by Flying Officer R. R. Smart and navigated by Flying Officer J. K. Sutcliffe were orbiting Aalborg at 100 feet when they sighted the JU 88 and climbed to 2000 feet for a stern attack. Smart opened fire at 00:45 hours with a 2-3 seconds burst.
Strikes were seen on starboard engine and fuselage and port engine caught fire. The Ju 88 fell to the ground with fire spreading to the fuselage and crashed just south of Sønderøkse about 7 miles west of Fliegerhorst Aalborg West. It blew up on impact.

The crew died and was laid to rest in Frederikshavn cemetery on 19/6 1943.
They were Pilot Feldwebel Walter Schlette, Wop Unteroffizier Hans Müller and Air gunner Obergefreiter Ernst Harmening.

One of the flyers had managed to bail out, but at too low an altitude and he was found dead with a broken skull near Nørre Skovhus not far from the wreckage.



Sources: RL 2 III/1190, WASt, AIR 50/169.
 

 

 

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