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Bf 110G-4 serial number 5301 crashed in the North Sea 2/12
The aircraft belonged to 3./ NJG 3 and was coded D5+DH.
T/o Kastrup ? Op: Transfer flight.
The Bf 110 was on a transfer flight when it crashed into the North Sea about
10-15 kilometres southwest of Hörlum, Sylt. The aircraft was a 100% loss and the
crew of Pilot Unteroffizier Fritz Klug, Wop Unteroffizier Günther Zabel and Air
gunner Gefreiter Erich Braum perished.
The body of Unteroffizier Fritz Klug was found washed ashore in Beach area
number 6 at Aaberg Forstrand beach near Søndervig on 29/12 at 10:00 hours.
Reciever of Wrecks Christian Fjord Tarbensen adviced the local constable and
Leutnant Üytze of the Wehrmacht in Søndervig who brought the body to Lemvig.
On the same day was the body of Unteroffizier Günther Zabel found in Beach area
number 26 at Kgl. Søgaard Forstrand near Sdr. Lyngvig by Receiver of Wrecks
Jacob Olsen. He loaded it on a carriage and brought it to his farm. Shortly
before he transported it away it had been searched by four German soldiers from
the garrison at Hvide Sande and anything found had been removed. Olsen informed
Leutnant Lütze of the garrison at Søndervig who would take care of the body.
Both Klug and Zabel were laid to rest in Lemvig cemetery on 6/1 1944.
field priest officiated at the graveside ceremony.
On 30/12 the body of Gefreiter Erich Braun was found washed ashore in Beach area
number 9 at Kgl. Søgaard Forstrand near Hauervig by Reciever of Wrecks Aksel
Jensen. Members of the Wehrmacht based at Hauervig inspected the body and
removed anything found. Aksel Jensen informed Unterwachtführer Bartels of the
garrison at Hvide Sande and he promised to take care of the body.
Braun was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 31/12 1943.
Sources: WASt, Reports Ringkøbing Police, BL, KLe, BE.
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