Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted

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He 115B serial number 1998 crashed during landing at Thisted See 14/12 1941.


The aircraft belonged to 1./ Küstenfliegergruppe 706 and was coded ?
T/o Thisted ? Op: Feindflug.


The sight was marginal due to heavy fog and darkness when the He 115 was circling the area while Fliegerplatz Thisted shone searchlights to guide the seaplane down to a landing at the Thisted Bredning bay. At first it was over the bay but then came over the town coming down lower and lower. First the aircraft hit a flagpole in the garden of car dealer Kuhnmuch, next it hit a tree in the same garden and finally at 20:25 hours the chimney of the house of Entrepreneur Carl Nielsen, Hundborgvej road 39 spreading bricks around the area.
 
Upon landing the He 115 sank and Observer Leutnant z. See Reinhardt Keiser was trapped inside it and died.
Pilot Unteroffizier Fritz Dippel and Wop Obergefreiter Georg Kupitz were injured but managed to get out and was rescued. The aircraft was a 100% loss.

The body of Reinhardt Keiser was not retrieved from the wreck until 3/1 1942, and he was laid to rest in Frederikshavn cemetery on 8/1 1942.

From witnesses in Thisted it is claimed that the crew mistook the warning light of a nearby railroad crossing as a landing light at the Fliegerplatz.

 


 (Finn Buch)



Sources: RL 2 III/756+1179, JJ.

 

 

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