Airwar over Denmark

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Me 410 serial number 420037 crashed near Faaborg 20/2 1944.


The aircraft belonged to 6./ ZG 26 and was coded 1+.
T/o ?. Op: Attack on American bombers.


The Me 410 was hit by fire from the American bombers over the island of Fyn and the two man crew bailed out at 12:10 – 12:15 hours.
 
Pilot Oberfeldwebel Siegfried Haase who was slightly injured in the head landed safely east of Faaborg and was taken to the Sct. Joseph hospital in Fredericia for treatment.
 
The parachute of Wop Unteroffizier Fritz Schröter did not deploy and he fell to his death. He hit the frozen ground in a field belonging to “Helenelund” east of Faaborg farm and was found there with his chute still packed by a number of Danes who had seen him fall.
His wrist watch was torn loose from its strap by the impact and was picked up by a young farm hand.
 
A couple of German soldiers soon appeared and found the watch strap on the ground a few metres from the body and told the onlookers to stay where they were. The farm hand handed the watch over to the soldiers but was immediately arrested for stealing the watch and taken to Odense and placed in a cell.
On 10/3 1944 he was sentenced to one year in prison by the German Feldgericht (Field court) in Odense and on 19/4 he was transferred to Rendsburg in Northern Germany where he would serve his one year sentence.
He stayed there until the summer of 1945 as it appeared that the British troops were not in a hurry to let criminals loose after having occupied Northern Germany.

The Me 410 crashed in a field belonging to Farmer Christiansen about 50 metres south of the Alleskoven forest east of Faaborg. It was a 100 % loss.

The dead body of Unteroffizier Fritz Schröter was taken to Esbjerg where he was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery on 25/2 1944.

 



Sources: AS 26-78+79. LBUK, JJ, BE.

 

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