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Bf 109G emergency landed near Graasten 9/3 1945.
The aircraft belonged to Erg JG 1and was coded ?
T/o Hadersleben. Op: Training.
At 11:00 hrs a Bf 109G was seen to circle Bojskovgaard farm owned by Hans Eduard
Küssler at Bovrup mark, 4 kilometers north of Graasten.
The engine was backfiring and the pilot prepared to land in the field. First he
made an attempt with gear down but changed his mind and finally made a belly
landing just northwest of the farm after having brushed a quickset hedge.
Student farmer Kristian Petersen rushed over to the aircraft and was next to it
when the pilot opened the canopy. The 19 year old redhead told Kristian that he
had run out of fuel. He was not very happy as it was not the first time that
this had happened for him. He used the phone at the farm to call Fliegerhorst
Hadersleben for assistance. The pilot who hailed from Bochum was quite arrogant
and was sure that Germany was about to win the war. The pilot stayed on the farm
until the next day when a car picked him up.
Three elderly soldiers from Søgaard barracks soon arrived to guard the
aircraft and on the next day a Feldwebel and 6 soldiers arrived an took over the
guard duty while the elderly soldiers returned to Søgaard. The guards were
billeted and fed on the farm. On 12/3 a team of Luftwaffe soldiers arrived and
dismantled the wings and loaded the aircraft on a trailer that was parked in the
barn. The guards now left while the Luftwaffe soldiers stayed for another couple
of days and spent the time buying supplies at the farms. On 14/3 a truck arrived
and took the Bf 109 away.
Sources: LBUK, Kristian Petersen, Hans Küssler.
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