Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Ju 88G-1 serial number 710579 crashed west of Odense 11/9 1944.

The aircraft belonged to 6./ NJG 3 and was coded  ?
T/o Flh. Grove ?.  Op: Interception of bombers.

Ju 88G1 710579 with the crew of Pilot Gerhard Schmitz, Wop Unteroffizier Heinrich Hechmann and a unknown Air gunner was on a operational flight when they were attacked by a Mosquito of RAF 85 Squadron piloted by Squadron Leader Burbridge and Navigator F/L Skelton.
The Mosquito had picked up the target over central Jylland and followed it towards east. Near Odense they closed in and shot it down.
The Ju 88 crashed in a field belonging to „Hesthavegaard“ farm near Højme at 22:27 hrs.

Local people found Wop Unteroffizier Heinrich Hechmann laying severely wounded next to the wreckage. He was taken to "Odense Amts og Bys" hospital where he passed away later on the same day. He was laid to rest in Allesø cemetery on 13/9 1944. The Commandant of Allesø Oblt Seebum performed the graveside ceremony. Heckmanns remains were moved to Odense cemetery inn the 1960`ties.

Gerhard Schmitz and the Air gunner saved their lives by parachute. The Air gunner was unharmed while Schmitz broke a leg when he collided with a telephone pool upon landing. They were both taken to the hospital in Odense.


                             (Via Bent Henriksen)




Sources: WASt, LBUK, VL, AS 27-729, Allesø cemetery.

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