Beretning fra - Account from Tage Bitsch
Johansen Scan from Knud Gaarn-Larsen,
22 NOV 2012
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Published in the KARUP WEEKLY on 21 NOV 2012: Extracts from my memories of World War II
related to earlier accounts
Translated by AS By Tage Bitsch Johansen, born in 1933 on "Hedegaard" Frederiks
After having read accounts in the KARUP WEEKLY
about the shootdown of a plane in Grønhøj on 25 September 1942, I recalled
the many experiences we had of
British planes that flew high and low over the
area where we lived. Once a British plane dropped weapons for the resistance.
Unfortunately the parachute with weapons
on the roof of our farmhouse. Dad told us that real boys didn't tell
anybody what we had heard and seen.
Since the shootdown in Grønhøj late one night we have talked a lot about it in
our family. I remember that there was a lot of noise of planes in a number
that night. The air raid warning sounded from the German
airfield in Karup. First there was the air raid warning for remote areas and
a little later the air raid warning for
local area, and then we were alert. My brothers and I had a room in the loft
under roofing felt on boards which was highly. Sometimes the roof was hit by red
hot pieces of grenades. That is why we took refuge under the concrete
ceiling. From here we could follow what happened on land and in the air.
Suddenly there was an aerial battle between
two planes very near above our home "Hedegaard". My brothers Henning and
Svend, our father Karl Marinus Johansen (Almind) and I followed the aerial
battle at very close range. The red hot grenades flew in searchlight
between the two planes which we could watch since they were
fully lit up. The end
of the battle was that one of
the planes had the bad luck to be hit so it burst into flames. There was a
huge explosion. It looked like a blaze, so
near to us that we heard the fluttering of
the flames when the plane headed for Grønhøj at full speed. Later we were
told that a British plane had been hit.