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Ju 52/3m serial number 7509 emergency landed near Bælum
The aircraft belonged to Flugzeugführerschule B 31 and was coded DP+EH.
T/o Aalborg. Op: Training.
The Ju 52 had taken off from Fliegerhorst Aalborg West on a instrument training
flight back to home base Brandis-Waldpolenz carrying food bought in Aalborg and
parcels send by Luftwaffe personnel in Aalborg for family and friends. As all
windows on the Ju 52 were covered by clothing, nobody saw Mosquito LR374 coded
SY-W of RAF 613 squadron piloted by W/Cdr J. R. D. Braham and navigated by S/Ldr
Robertson coming in from behind. Braham fired two bursts in the flank of the JU
52 while over Nr. Kongerslev and it immediately dived and made an emergency
landing in a wet area of a bog east of “Smidie Østergaard” farm near Bælum and
overturned when it slowed down. The time was now 15:14 hours. When the JU 52 had
come to a halt it was strafed by the Mosquito before this set course for
Pilot Hauptman Fritz Müller and Student Wop Gefreiter Robert Gangl were wounded
while Studen Wop Kurt Halbedel had been killed.
Peat was being cut in the bog and due to this a small rail with dumping wagons
had been installed. Hauptman Fritz Müller was placed in a wagon and pushed over
to “Dragsgård” farm from where he was taken for treatment. The remaining 6-7
soldiers walked up to “Smidie Østergaard” farm where they borrowed a old bathing
tub. They brought it back to the aircraft and used it to bring the dead Kurt
Halbedel to “Smidie Østergaard” farm where he was placed in the workshop until
he was collected by a truck early in the evening. At the same time four guards
under command of a Leytnant arrived to guard the aircraft. The soldiers were
billeted at “Smidei Østergaard” farm while the officer stayed at “Dragsgård”
A four man salvage team arrived on the next day to take the Ju 52 apart and take
it to Aalborg. They were Josef Sepp, Herbert, Gustav and Ludvig and were
billeted at “Smidie Østergaard” farm.
The salvage team
They used snow fences to make a walkway
through the wet area and dismantled the aircraft.
Next they used the wince of a
heavy truck to transport the parts to a dry surface from where it was taken to
“Dragsgaard” farm. It was loaded on trucks and taken to Aalborg.
The JU 52 was 40% damaged.
Sources: WASt, JJ, RL 2 III/778.
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