Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted


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Ju 88 A-5 werk nummer 0880413 crashed into the North Sea on 4/8 1941


The aircraft belonged to 3.(F)/123 and was coded 4U+GL
T/O Brest-Süd ?   OP: Recce


For reasons not known the Ju 88D-1 must have crashed into the North Sea killing all onboard.

Pilot Unteroffizier Hellmut Wacker and Navigator Leutnant zur See Wolfgang Rehm was found washed ashore on the island of Mandø.

On 2/9 they were, along with the remains of three British airmen that had also been found washed ashore, placed in coffins and taken to Ribe by members of the German Army.

From Ribe they were taken to Fourfeld cemetery in Esbjerg where they were all laid to rest on 5/9 1941.

On 7/11 1941 the remains of Radio Operator Unteroffizier Karl Heinz Zwingmann was found washed ashore on the German island of Sylt. He rest in Westerland cemetery on the island.

Air gunner Gefreiter Ernst Heitzmann has no known grave.






The transport to Ribe on 2/9 1941


                       (Martin Hahn)




Sources: BE, RL 2 III/756 via Brian Bines, RL 2 III/755, VDK via Olaf Berg Nielsen, Ed North.



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