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FW 190F-8 serial number 581772 crash landed northeast
of Ebeltoft 10/2 1945.
The aircraft belonged to III/ KG 200 and was coded ?
T/o Tirstrup ?. Op: Non operational flight.
On the morning of 10/2 fog covered the frozen and snow covered ground of Rugård
Dyrehave forest 12 kilometers northeast of Ebeltoft. Student forester Erik
Nielsen and Forest worker Anton “Waiter” who was working in the forest heard an
aircraft circling the forest. Suddenly it came down through the trees close by.
The aircraft cut the top of a number of spruce trees and next the pilot tried to
avoid hitting some beech trees by use of aileron and giving the engine full
power. He did not succeed and hit a tree that tore one wing of the FW 190. The
aircraft hit the ground, bounced back up, hit the ground bounced up once more
before it again hit the ground and ploughed its way through a spruce thicket
where it finally lay still.
Anton “Waiter” now declared that he did not want to stay there anymore but
wanted to get back home to Hyllested.
Erik told him to run for help, and when Anton had disappeared Erik ran to the
The aircraft was totally covered by the spruce thicket, so Erik ran around it
and on the other side he found the engine fizzing in the snow about 3o meters
from the thicket.
With his big axe Erik cut his way through the broken trees to get to the
He could hear Pilot Unteroffizier Rumpp shouting “hilfe – hilfe”.
When the pilot saw Erik, who was a big tall dirty man, swinging his big axe, he
became scared and started shouting “Gute kammerate”.
Erik entered the fuselage behind the broken canopy and cut Rumpp free from his
harness and pulled him up from the cockpit.
Together they slid / fell to the ground. Rumpp had hit his forehead and suffered
from pain in the abdomen.
Erik carried Rumpp over his shoulders and took him to a nearby forest cabin
where Erik broke a window to get shelter. Erik placed Rumpp on a sofa and
loosened his clothing.
Rumpp was now entering a state of shock.
Shortly after a number of people from Hyllested arrived and wanted to get
Rumpp`s pistol and watch.
Erik did not allow it and as he was a rather big guy, the people left without
gun and watch.
A doctor now arrived on a horsedrawn sledge and Rumpp was placed on the sledge
and taken to a nearby road where they were met by a ambulance from ”Falck”
Rumpp was taken to the hospital in Ebeltoft for treatment. After a while he was
transferred to the German lazarett in Rønde.
The aircraft was left guarded in the forest for five days before 20-30 soldiers
arrived and pulled the wreckage up to the forest cabin where it was loaded on
trucks and taken away.
The aircraft was a 100% loss.
Sources: RL 2 III/1197, JJ, LBUK, Erik Nielsen.
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