Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

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Bf 110C-2 serial number 2276 belly landed near Bylderup Bov 26/4 1942.


The aircraft belonged to 5./ NJG 3 and was coded D5+LN.
T/o Schleswig. Op: Feindflug.

Wellington Z1384 coded AR-F of 460 Sqn RAAF took off from Breighton on 25/4-1942 at 22:07 hrs for an operation to Rostock. The crew were Pilot Sgt Solomon Levitus, 2.Pilot Sgt Allan McKinnon, Navigator Sgt Hugh Brodie, Wop/AG Sgt Lloyd Clarke, AG front Sgt Robert Read RCAF and the rear gunner was Sgt George Viner.

When flying over Denmark at 10000 ft after having bombed target the Wellington was attacked by a ME 110 at position 5535N 0830E at 03:28 hrs. Visibility was excellent, no cloud.

A yellow flare was shot up from the ground just below the Wellington and the Bf 110 was seen below about 100 yards distant. The Bf 110 attacked and rear gunner Sgt G. Viner fired at it at a distance of 100 yards. The ME 110 broke off but attacked again, this time from dead astern as well as below. The ME 110 closed to 50 yards to the port side of the Wellington to try again.

One long burst from Sgt Vines and he saw his bullets cutting into the ME 110 cockpit and starboard engine. It went straight down on fire with smoke pouring in volume from the engine. Front gunner Sgt Dunlop gave it a burst as it was passing in the dive

The Bf 110 suffered from engine failure due to the enemy fire and made a belly landing in a field belonging to Bylderup Vicarage north of Bylderup Bov. It skidded across the fields for about fifty meters and hit three poles that fenced the field.

The crew of Pilot Unteroffizier Hausmann and Wop Unteroffizier Schmidt were unharmed but the aircraft was 60% damaged.

 


                               (Via Chr. Jørgensen)

 



Sources: LBUK, RL 2 III/1180, AS 71-90, CP, Report by Sgt S. Levitus & Sgt G. Viner logbook, Form 541 via Joss Leclercq.
 

 

 

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