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British Ranger operation to Aalborg 18/10 1944.
6 Mustangs of 316 Squadron RAF took off from Coltishall at 10:00 hours for a
Ranger operation to the airfields of Aalborg. The coast was crossed near
Klitmøller at 1000 feet at 11:58 hrs and were greeted with flak.
The flak alarm sounded in the Aalborg area at 12:02 hrs. The Mustang pilots soon
saw German planes in the air over Aalborg and Wing Commander Rutkowski ordered
his pilots to attack.
The German planes that was spotted were unarmed Bf 109`s and Arado Ar 96
training aircrafts from JG 102.
The Mustangs claimed to have shot down 6 aircrafts, but only five can actually
be confirmed. And it is believed that 4 of these was bellylanded by their pilots
to get out of harms way. One German pilot died and as least one was wounded.
The Danish farm hand Otto Mortensen was wounded by a 0.50 inch bullitt. Just
before dinner he had sat down to read the newspaper at his parents farm „Skovgaard“
near Søraa when a bullitt came through the window cealing and hit him in the jaw
removing his teeths. The flakalarm in Aalborg was canselled at 12:33 hrs.
Sources: LBUK, VL.
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