Arne Austeen                                                                                      Updated:  19 FEB 2015

Airman: e777786.htm Surname: Austeen Init: A Rank: Maj Service: RNAF Sqdn: 126

P_link: p458.htm Plane: MUS KH478 Operation: Anti ship Crash_site: Lillebælt

Crash_d: d040545 Buried_d: e777 C_link: e777.htm At_Next: NO KNOWN

Den 4. maj 1945 styrtede MUS KH478 i havet her mellem Als og Ærø. Piloten blev aldrig fundet. Flyvehistorisk Tidsskrift skriver:

"4 maj 1945, sydlige del af Lillebælt. Mustang Mk. III, KH478 (5J- ) 126 FS, 11 FG
(RAMROD-mission til Storebælt). 1 MIA. Piloten, Major Arne Austeen (Royal Norwegian Air Force), var chef for 126 Squadron, der fløj eskorte for Beaufighters fra
236 og 254 Squadrons. Det var planlagt som en anti-shipping mission til Storebælt, men allerede i Lillebælts området fandt man store koncentrationer af fjendtlige
skibe og u-både. De tyske u­både U-393, U-579, U-2338 og U-2503 blev sænket i Lillebælt. Under et angreb blev Major Austeens Mustang ramt af flak, flyet
eksploderede og faldt i havet.

Major Austeen var leder af 126 Squadron under angrebet på Shellhuset den 21. marts og Mustang KH478 blev under dette angreb fløjet af Squadron Leader
J. E. Storrar, der var leder af 234 Squadron. Major Austeen var krediteret for 5 nedskydninger og 3 beskadigede fjendtlige
fly." (FT 85-80-46)

"Luftværnskanoner fra U 155 nedskød en Mustang jager ført af den norske RAF pilot Arne Austeen." (Poul Erik Pedersen)

Se Arne Austeen i norsk Wikipedia og links i SpitfirePilots.com - se engelsk version.
Se P-51 Mustang - Photos. Herman Hirsch Becker og Ivar Larson var også fra Norge.

On 4 May 1945 MUS KH478 crashed into the sea here between Als and Ærø. The pilot was never found. (Danish) Aviation Historical Review writes:

"4 May 1945, southern part of the Lillebælt. Mustang Mk. III, KH478 (5J- ) 126 FS, 11 FG
(RAMROD-mission to the Storebælt). 1 MIA. Major (Pilot) Arne Austeen (Royal Norwegian Air Force) was the leader of 126 Squadron escorting Beaufighters from
236 Squadron and 254 Squadron. It was planned as an anti-shipping mission to the Storebælt, but already in the Lillebælt area great concentrations of enemy ships
and U-boats were found. The German U-boats U-393, U-579, U-2338 and U-2503 were sunk in the Lillebælt. During an attack Major Austeen's KH478 was hit by flak.
The plane exploded and fell into the sea.

Major Austeen was the leader of 126 Squadron during the attack on the Shell House on 21 March. During that attack Mustang KH478 was flown by Squadron Leader
J. E. Storrar, who was the leader of 234 Squadron. Major Austeen had a score of 5 enemy planes shot down and 3 damaged."
(FT 85-80-46)

"Flak from U 155 shot down a Mustang fighter flown by the Norwegian RAF pilot Arne Austeen." (Poul Erik Pedersen)


SpitfirePilots.com has Arne Austeen - the tragedy over Flensburg and Did two Norwegians stumble upon Arne Austeen's grave in Germany?
See Arne Austeen in Wikipedia. See P-51 Mustang - PhotosHerman Hirsch Becker and Ivar Larson were also from Norway.