First letter to Hans Hermann Müller from Lester Schrenk Updated: 30 MAY 2012
On 22 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.
See Lester Schrenk and H.H. Müller in uniforms and Lester Schrenk and Hans Hermann Müller in 2012 based on information and photos from Les.
I had asked if I could bring his letter about
his visit to Germany and he answered,
On 9 MAY 2012 Les added this letter that
started it all.
You may see
TV2: Old enemies meet 68 years later and
On 22 February, 1944 you shot down our B17
with your JU88. Our mission that day was to bomb the airfield at Aalborg,
On that day, even though we were foes, you
stopped firing and even escorted our plane on its 20 minute flight back to
the coast of Denmark.
My wish to this day has been that somehow I
would be able to contact you and become friends. Yes, during the war we
were mortal enemies,
With the help of my Danish friends trying to
find you we have found you little by little. First your name, then the log
of your shoot down,
Now I would like to get to know you much
better, Be it in person, by letters, emails, or even through a mutual
friend, to give you my thanks
Lester F. Schrenk