Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted

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He 219A-0 serial number 190177 crashed south of Ikast 6/6 1944.


The aircraft belonged to 3./ NJG 1 and was coded G9+IK.
T/o Grove. Op: Operational flight.


While on a operational flight PilotLeutnant Ernst Haus observed problems with the rpm regulator on the left engine and throttled back. Soon after a bang was heard and the engine started burning.
Haus told Funker Unteroffizier Günther Kraus to bail out and released the hood. Once again Haus told Kraus to bail out, and then bailed out himself.

Haus`s parachute worked well and he landed west of Fonnesbækgaard farm south of Ikast. In the landing he damaged his foot. A young dane named Carlo Damgård had seen Haus descent in his parachute and ran to his assistance. Carlo Damgård brought Haus to the hospital in Ikast where his foot was treated.

The He 219 crashed in a field near „Fonnesbækgaard“ farm at 00:59 hrs and was a total loss.

Günther Kraus was still in the aircraft and lost his life. He was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 9/6 1944.

 



Sources: BE, LBUK, JJ.
 

 

 

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