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