Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted

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BF 109D werknummer 461 landed Kragelund 26/10 1939.


The aircraft belonged to 2./JGr 126 and was coded Rote 5.
T/O Neumünster Op: Fiendflug.


Obergefreiter Carl Theodor Bertram was alerted in the morning as there had been reports of enemy aircrafts approaching Germany. He headed in a south westerly direction but found no enemy aircrafts and upon returning he was informed by radio that he would not be able to land at his home base due to fog and landed at a more southerly landing ground.
He got a not too good weather forecast but decided never the less to try to get back home.
He would find the river Elbe and from that find his way to Neumünster. Due to fog he did not see the Elbe and headed towards northwest towards the coast but this also failed.
 
The fuel low level warning lamp was now lit and he started looking for a field to land in as the engine would quit in a few minutes. He landed well at approximately 09:45 hours, but soon saw a barber wire fence in his way and touched the brakes to avoid it.
The fighter turned over and came to rest on its back with Bertram trapped inside it.

 


                              (Via Martin Reimers)

 


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Obergefreiter Carl Theodor Bertram (front right) with Danish police and army officers

 

He had landed at Kragelund in a field belonging to Hermann Poulsen. He was freed by among others Paul Christensen of “Ny Kragelundgaard” farm who cut him free of his harness by a pocket knife.
Apart from a few skin bruises Bertram was unharmed and did not want to see a doctor. The Danish police took him to the police station in Padborg for questioning and later he was taken to the army barracks at Søgaard.

On 30/10 it was decided to internee Bertram at Hald near Viborg.
Here he would stay until the German occupation of Denmark on 9/4 1940.

 


                           (Via Martin Reimers)

 


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                       (Søværnets materielkommando)
 



Sources: RL 2 III/184, Police report Gråsten, UA, Newspaper “Nationaltidende”, MH, Martin Reimers.

 

 

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