Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Ar 196A-3 serial number 1021 crash landed at Rø plantation 12/4 1944.

The aircraft belonged to 4./Erg.Gr.(See) and was coded 6H+LM.
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Somewhere around nine o`clock in the morning the aircraft attempted an emergency landing in Rø plantation on the island of Bornholm. Pilot Unteroffizier Theo Vernhofen did not succeed and the aircraft came down in some rather large pine trees where it ploughed its way for about a hundred metres.

The aircraft broke up killing Vernhofen and Wop Unteroffizier Eduard Knab and a fire started. One crew member was found in the wreck when the fire ended and one was found to have been thrown clear in the crash.
The two airmen were at first laid to rest in Rønne cemetery, but were later transferred to Vestre cemetery in København.

Sources: AS 18/358, LBUK, JJ, Niels Chr. Pihl.


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