Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Me 262A-1A crashed near Handermelle 9/3 1945.

The aircraft belonged to 9./ JG 7 and was coded ?
T/o Brandenburg/Brist.  Op: Interception.

Northern Germany was covered in fog when Oberfähnrich Heinrich Russel was scrambled and by radar vectored towards a Spitfire of 541 Sqn that was on a photo reconnaissance flight over Northern Germany airfields.
What happened is not known but Russels Me 262 was seen to crash in shallow water near Hendermelle about 14 kilometres west of Nysted.

Oberfähnrich Heinrich Russel died and his body was recovered from the sea by Handermelle strand beach on 16/3-45 at 1700 hrs. Fliegerhorstkommandantur Kastrup brought the body to Kriegslazarett 936 in København.  Russel was laid to rest in Vestre cemetery in København.
Sources: LBUK, JJ, FB, Russel death certificate.


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