Den 22. februar 1944 styrtede
B17 42-31377 ned
her i Thy efter at besætningen med Sgt
Lester Schrenk var sprunget ud med faldskærm.
Den 23. april 2012 besøgte Lester Schrenk og hans familie tidligere
Hans Hermann Müller, som skød Schrenks B-17
Pot O' Gold ned. Se
Se Lester Schrenk og Hans Hermann Müller i uniform
fra 25. april 2012
2 min. 47 sek. TV MIDTVEST:
Dødsfjender bliver venner (klik på
ikonet for AFSPIL
og til højre på linjen på ikonet for FULD SKÆRM) Se
tekst. Se også FILM fra
B17 Flystyrt over
Sønderhaa 23 min
27. marts 2013 28 min. 30 sek. TV MIDTVEST:
21. september 2013
(film, 28 min.) med mere om nedskydning
B17 42-31377 med
se denne side. Der er sekvenser med
Jessie Bowler og Lester Schrenk. Hendes historie blev
også fortalt i
lange farvel The long Farewell (film, 21 min 28 December 2008.)
19 NOV 2023
Lester Schrenk 100 Link til TV-indslag og artikel.
Fliegerhorst Grove med Afsnit
1944-1945 med mere om
B-17 Flight 2013
fortæller om Lester Schrenks flyvetur den 13. juli 2013 i en B-17.
Se artikel af Villy Dall i Thisted Dagblad den 22. februar 2014 Kom ned med faldskærm i Thy for 70 år siden
- pdf-fil fra Lars Kanstrup
En reaktion var Beretning fra Herluf Munkholm
der kan sammenholdes med Lester Schrenk -
Den dag jeg blev taget til fange.
Foto af HHM's JU 88
February 1944 B17 42-31377 crashed
here in Thy after the crew with Sgt Lester
Schrenk had bailed out. See ID + Lester
On 23 April 2012 Lester Schrenk and his family visited former Oberleutnant
Hans Hermann Müller who shot down Schrenk's B-17
Pot O' Gold.
Lester Schrenk and Hans
Hermann Müller in
Film from 2008
B17 Air crash over
Sønderhaa 23 min. in Danish + Lester Schrenk
2 min. 47 sec.
Mortal Enemies become friends (click on icons for
PLAY and for FULL SCREEN) Print
from 27 March 2013 28 min. 30 sec.
Mortal Enemies.19 NOV 2023
Lester Schrenk 100 TV-item+article+translation on TV MIDTVEST.
On 21 September 2013 that film was followed by
Dødens Forposter The Bunkers - Outposts of Death
(film, 38 min.)
with more about
the shotdown of
B17 42-31377 Pot O'Gold with
LAN EE138, see also
Stadil - Memorial. There are sequences with
Jessie Bowler and
On 23 MAY 2015 PIONEER PRESS had
the story that the film "Mortal Enemies" by Danish TV
would air on 24 MAY 2015 on Twin
Cities Public Television!
Fliegerhorst Grove with Part
1944-1945 with more
about the shootdown.
B-17 Flight 2013
about Lester Schrenk's flight on 13 July 2013.
See also the article Came down by
parachute in Thy on this day 70 years ago from 22 February 2014
written by Villy Dall, translated into English by AS and KK.
A response was
Account from Herluf Munkholm which you may
compare with Lester Schrenk - The day of my
See telegram to his parents.
The Log Book Project
The Caterpillar Club: The
Lester Schrenk story - Links from
AirmenDK on 27 OCT 2022, mail from Lars McKie.
to the project
A War Journal's Journey for Peace (9 min. including 2 min. with
Les) from NHK-World Japan News received from Les on 22 NOV 2022.
On 3 May 2012
Lester Schrenk sent this to a number of
friends when he was back in Bloomington, Minnesota again -
and on 9 May
2012 he added his letter that started it all.
On 29 May 2012 he sent
How I met the German Pilot.
Photo of HHM's JU 88 was added in DEC 2012.
We have just returned from a trip to Germany
to visit the German pilot, Hans Hermann Muller, who shot down our plane on
2/22/44 during WWII over the North Sea
the plane crashed in northern Denmark.
The meeting took place in Heidelberg at his
Daughter's house who had planned a garden party fit for a king. As soon as
we met we became friends joking and
old war stories. Understanding was no problem as he, his Daughter Birgit
and her Husband Thomas and Grand Daughter Daniela all spoke perfect English.
The entire event was covered by a Danish film crew making a documentary for
The next day a meeting was arranged at city
hall with the Deputy Mayor of Heidelberg to welcome us to Heidelberg. Here
were 8 various news media including
World News and other newspapers and also
TV film crews to welcome us. I have never seen so many flash photos in my
life. It was endless.
Next was an interview by the Deputy Mayor of
both Hans Hermann and myself. I found it most enjoyable. The Deputy Mayor
gave me a very nice book of the sights
of Heidelberg. He was very nice and
really did make us feel welcome.
Heidelberg Tourism and the
official website of the City of Heidelberg)
Next Hans Hermann and his wife Lydia took us
to a top notch restaurant for a dinner and as always at any event, beer
flowed freely. It was most enjoyable.
Later they gave us a tour of the old section of Heidelberg. It was
The next day we were invited for a boat
cruise on the Neckar River to view the sights and old castles along the way.
Endless sights we could only have imagined,
either Hans Hermann, Birgit or Daniela were there to explain the points of
interests, each of them had a charm of their own. Also, language was never
Then Hans Hermann again treated us to a full dinner and beer while on the
By this time strangers would approach us and
wish to shake our hand and to indicate that they had read the story in the
newspapers. Always the feeling was positive. Everyone was most friendly. This
happened dozens of times while we were in the Heidelberg area. It made us
feel like celebrities.
Before leaving Heidelberg, Hans Herman and
Lydia again invited us to their house for what she called a snack, but which
was more like a 5 course meal.
Saying goodbye was very hard. Neither of us
wanted to part. We had become very good friends and sadly said goodbye.
We had rented a car and along with our
daughter, Ginny, her husband, Al, and a very good Friend from Denmark,
Nikolaj Bojer. Nikolaj was very instrumental in
helping locating Hans Hermann, the German pilot, and did much in making
the necessary arrangements for the trip.
After leaving Heidelberg, we drove along the
Rhine River and saw many scenic sights and old castles along the way. When
we reached the town of Remagen (the
bridge in WWII) we stayed
for the night as we wished to view the bridge and towers and railroad
tunnels that were so famous during World War II.
a news man interviewing a man who had just written a book about the famous
bridge. Nikolaj told him about my story and the photos and interview
started all over again. This man promised that he would send a DVD as soon
as he had it finished. I am certain that he will do so.
The former Mayor was also there and he invited
us to his house for wine that evening. Here he also gave me a book that he
had written about the WWII events on
the bridge. We spent a lovely evening
with him and his wife.
Along the way we visited many old towns all
with very narrow streets, many with several old castles. Soon we reached the
Bavarian Alps with snow covered mountains.
We crossed into Austria to spend the night, and saw beautiful scenery and
mountains all along the way and of course more beautiful castles. On the
way back we
went through the Black Forest and visited a clock museum.
Sadly time to return home approached much too quickly and it was time to say goodbye.
I had forgotten to mention, the TV film crew
was the same one that had filmed the TV documentary of our visit to the
crash site of our plane in Northern Denmark in
May 2008, so we knew them
well and also enjoyed their company. The film company also paid for our
tickets and hotels while in Heidelberg. What could be better??
The trip and visit were the best ever. Never
a problem, everyone we met was very friendly and helpful. It just could not
have been better.