Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted

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Ju 88G-6 serial number 620675 emergency landed north of Herning 26/11 1944.


The aircraft belonged to Stab I/ NJG 3 and was coded D5+XB.
T/o Grove.  Op: Feindflug


Ju 88G-6 with the crew of Gr.Kdr. I/NJG 3 Major Werner Husemann, Radar operator Oberfeldwebel Hans-Georg Schierholz, Wop Feldwebel Hein Fehmann and Air gunner Feldwebel Willi Möller took off from Fliegerhorst Grove.
They were by radar directed towards a Stirling aircraft from 161 Squadron coded MA-S that was approaching the Danish west coast on a easterly course. It had taken off from Tempsford air base at 20:30 hrs and was on its way towards dropzone Tablejam 123 at Holstenshus on the island of Fyn.
The crew was Pilot F/O Prowse, Navigator P/O Coppinger, Air Bomber P/O MacDonald, Wop F/Sgt Wombwell, Engineer Sgt Riches, Rear Gunner F/Sgt Beddows and Dispatcher F/Sgt Hickoy.

The JU 88G-6 found the Stirling near Ringkøbing where it was flying at 100 meters altitude.
Major Werner Huseman attacked the Stirling from starboard high at 22:56 hrs but was spotted by the Stirlings tailgunner F/Sgt Beddows who opened fire and hit the Ju 88G-6 in the oil cooler as the Stirling started a climbing starboard turn and thus lost contact with the attacker.
The Ju 88G-6 had not only been hit in the oil cooler but several bullits had entered the interior and one had hit a light pistol carried by Hans-Georg Schierholz. The bullit had disintegrated and a small piece had hit Schierholz in the thigh.
Husemann headed towards Grove but was steadely loosing heigh and as they were too low to bail out the Ju 88G-6 was belly landed in the moon lit fields of „Tværmosegaard“ farm about 9 kilometers northeast of Herning at 23:10 hrs.
The aircraft skidded along and crossed a small river before the right wingtip touched the ground and forced the aircraft to turn 180 degree.

Two young country boys named Aksel and Kresten Østergard heard the aircraft and got on their bicycles and drove to the landing place.
They were met two crew members who were waving their pistols and shouting „Telefone“.
When the Danes did not react a shot was fired over their heads. That got things moving.
The Germans were mounted on the bicycles and the Danes drove back towards the farm.
It did not take long before they were met by local members of the Luftwaffe who was based at „Skinderholm“ dummy air base .
The flyers were handed over to the German soldiers and Aksel and Kresten headed back to the aircraft.
Here they met Schierholz and one more flyer.
They were alloved to have a look at the aircraft and offered Schierholz a cigarette that was greatly appriciated.
Schierholz was taken to the Lazaret in Silkeborg and was not able to fly again untill 14/2 1945.
 
The Stirling continued towards Tablejam 123 where it dropped 23 containers and 1 package to the resistance at 23:28 hrs. It then headed back to England where it landed at Kinloss air base at 02:40 hrs.

 

 


                (Hans-Georg Schierholz)


From left: ground engineer Obergefreiter Meisolle, radar operator oberfeldwebel Hans-Georg Schierholz, pilot Major Werner Husemann, Air gunner Feldwebel Willi Möller, Wop Feldwebel Hein Fehmann.

 

 
Sources: Schierholz via Helme, AIR 27/1068+8279, 161 Squadron de brief, „Herning Folkeblad“ newspaper, Bob Body.
  

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