Airwar over Denmark

Airwar over Denmark

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Ju 88G-1 serial number 712195 crashed in the Baltic Sea east of Sjælland 11/9 1944.

The aircraft belonged to 1./ NJG 7 and was coded D9+BH.
T/o Flh. Kastrup ?.  Op: Interception of bombers.

Ju 88G-1 712195 with the crew of Pilot Feldwebel Reinhold Schwemmer, Navigator Unteroffizier Heinrich Schmid and Wop Unteroffizier Willi Ritzer was on a operational flight when they were attacked and shot down by a Mosquito of RAF 157 Sqn piloted by Squadron Leader Benson and Navigator F/L Lewis Brandon.
The JU 88G-1 crashed into the sea east of Fakse killing the crew. The position was either 5512N 1207E or 5504N 1300E.

The dead body of Unteroffizier Willi Ritzer was retrieved from the sea on 21/9 1944 and was laid to rest in the cemetery of  Kamminke-Auf den Golm. Unteroffizier Heinrich Schmid was found near Kalvehave on 23/9 and was laid to rest in København Vestre cemetery on 28/9 1944. The ceremony took place at the graveside at 15:00 hrs.
Feldwebel Reinhold Schwemmer has no known grave.

 

Sources: WASt, KB, VL, VDK. 

 

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