An eye witness account by Bendt Fogh See Google Map p050 Hudson AM523. Updated: 29 JUN 2012
eye witness account of the air crash of Hudson V AM 523
at Faartoft east of Thisted on 20 October 1941
See Google Map p050 Hudson AM523.
I was born in Thisted where I grew up. (See Photos from Bendt Fogh.) This is what I experienced that day in the autumn of 1941 when I was 15 years old.
The air raid sirens sounded, maybe in the
early afternoon. My parents lived in a house without a basement very near
the harbour, so I went up to their bedroom.
Suddenly I saw three planes approaching from
the east and I reasoned that they were on their homeward flight from an air
raid on Aalborg Airport. However, one of the planes breaks away from the
others and from the south it flies low over the three dummy planes that were
anchored off Faartoft and continues towards land between a dummy hangar and
a farm. In a split second I see the left wing tip up certainly because of a
gust of wind and it has definitely been impossible for the pilot to correct
I fetched my bicycle like many of my comrades
and soon we were at the crash site. The Germans had just arrived from the
western part of the town, Simonsbakker,
This is a case of misinformation. It was not
an attack on a seaplane base, only a dummy seaplane base constructed to mislead
the RAF and it cost a plane and the
The types of aircraft at the seaplane station
were twin-engined Heinkel seaplanes and
Dornier Wal flying boats that might
have been built in one of the big shipyards in Hamburg. In the hard winter
of 1943/1944 the Limfjorden froze over, so the planes were unable to take
off. A powerful ship with a crane came from Kiel and broke through the ice.
It placed the flying boats and the Heinkel planes on the quay of Thisted
Harbour. When the period of frost lasted longer than the Germans had
This was my account of the events on 20 October 1941. It was not an attack. This is also evident from the report for the mission of that plane.