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Ju 88C-6 serial number 750498 crashed near Tjæreborg 9/10
The aircraft belonged to12./ NJG 3 and was coded D5+GW.
T/o Grove ? Op: Feindflug.
The aircraft was seen to climb and attack American bombers when suddenly it fell
to the ground apparently due to the pilot turning too sharply and thus stalling
and loosing control.
The Wop managed to bail out and landed unharmed in his parachute.
Pilot Unteroffizier Hermann Ermer and Engineer Gefreiter Matthias Benich both
died when the Ju 88 crashed next to the railway track near Tjæreborg between
Esbjerg and Bramminge and bust into flames at approximately 15:30 hours.
They were both laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 12/10 1943.
The Ju 88 was a 100% loss.
A team of men from The Civil Air Defence dug the wreckage up from the ground
over the next days and on the evening of 14/10 the site was released.
Sources: RL 2 III/1194, WASt, BE, KT.
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