Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

 By Søren C. Flensted

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Bf 110G-4 serial number 440141 shot down in the North Sea off the Danish West coast 17/8 1944.


The aircraft belonged to 2./ NJG 3 and was coded D5+BK.
T/o Schleswig Jagel. Op: Operational flight.


The Bf 110G-4 with the crew of Pilot Unteroffizier Josef Armsdorfer, Wop Gefreiter Erich Wilhelm Warnken and Engineer Obergefreiter Otto Romahn was on a operational flight when it was picked up on radar by Mosquito HR213 coded TW-G of RAF 141 Squadron. The crew of the Mosquito were Pilot W/O E. A. Lampkin and Navigator/ Radar operator Flt. Sgt. B. J. Wallnutt.
They report: Patrolled over Denmark. At 15.000 ft at 02:28 hrs A.I. contact over Ringkobing. Contact showed E/A at about 10.000 ft.
Dived, closed in for visual contact. Identified Messerschmitt Me 110 with long range tanks under each wing.

Mossie dropped back 150 yards astern. Messerschmitt fired cluster ( 4 or5) red stars. Mossie fired and strikes were observed.
Explosion followed on port side and port wing seen to cramble up and split in the middle. Sheet of flame came back which Mossie flew through.
Then whole aircraft blew up and was observed burning on ground. Combat took place after 12 minute chase on 330 degrees Ringkobing area at 12.000 feet.

 

 

The dead body of Obergefreiter Otto Romahn was found washed ashore on 22/8 and was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg on 24/8 1944.

Unteroffizier Josef Armsdorfer and Gefreiter Erich Wilhelm Warnken has no known graves.

 


                   (Josef Kriegseisen)

Unteroffizier Josef Armsdorfer

 


                    (Josef Kriegseisen)

 


                     (Josef Kriegseisen)

 

 

 



Sources: WASt, BA, Combat report 141 Sqn.
 

 

 

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