Reporter Clement in
Berlingske Tidende on Thursday 22 April 1943 about
and other planes that
crashed on Wednesday just after midnight,
translated by AS.
Google Map p152
Stettin + Rostock 20 - 21 April 1943.
Six planes crashed at Korsør and into the Storebælt
active for three hours
KORSØR, WEDNESDAY EVENING
Korsør has had 78 air-raid warnings but hardly any earlier alerts have made
so strong an impression on people as the one in the night between Tuesday
Wednesday. The flak was active without stop for three hours. No less
than six planes have been seen crashing on land and into the Storebælt. One air
place in the outskirts of the town, where the bomb load exploded
with two tremendous bangs that broke thousands of windows in the town.
planes over the town
Just after the sirens had sounded at 23:38 noise of engines was heard, and
5-6 planes swept in from the west at a very low height. An eye witness
relates that it
looked as if they were heading for the cranes in the harbour.
The cranes were silhouetted against the clear moonlight.
The first air crash happened a few moments later. One of the planes had been
hit by flak. One wing was burning and in great curves the aircraft flew in over the
Halskov Reef which stretches out like a tentacle north of the fairway to
Korsør Harbour. Apparently it attempted to land. Suddenly its nose pointed
A column of fire erupted and in the next second two tremendous
detonations were heard. The plane had crashed into a field at Revvej.
It was only a few metres from the smallholding Strandgaarden, which was
pelted with fragments of bombs. The residents were sleeping, but nobody was
As soon as they had dressed they saw that the house end was burning. A
little later the farm burst into flames.
About a dozen people
Also a number of other houses near the site had been hit by fragments of
bombs or pieces of the plane. About a dozen people had been slightly injured,
but only a
few of them had to be taken to hospital.
However, for the time
being a number of houses were unlivable and as it might be presumed that a
number of unexploded bombs were in the area, it was decided to evacuate
about 200 people. If they were unable to find accommodation on their own
they were taken to Halskov School. Here the glass roof of the assembly hall
had been broken. Some of the evacuees were permitted to return this
afternoon, but Strandgaarden and Strandpavillonen (Strandhotel), which is
the former holiday
house of the Union of Electricians, which has recently been converted into a
hutment for homeless people, are totally unlivable.
Rescue workers in a hail
The heavy shooting continued while the rescue work started. More waves of
planes came and a violent duel between the planes and the flak batteries
There was a hail of machine gun bullets over the rescue workers
who time and again had to take cover in the ditches.
The two other crashes
were at Kongsmark (STI
R9261) and Drøsselbjerg (HAL
HR722). These planes also crashed, burning but without explosions.
In none of the
cases any people on board seem to have been rescued. Today no
less than 11 bodies of English airmen, perished in the violent battles last
night, have been taken
to the Chapel of Rest in Stillinge.
(4 coffins from
HAL HR722 at Drøsselbjerg and 7 coffins from
STI R9261 at Kongsmark were taken from Kirke Stillinge to
Helge Christiansen, who knows about the plane at
Kongsmark in detail, has seen that piece of information.)
Parts of aircraft
scattered over 7-8 acres
The crash site of the first plane was totally sealed off last night, and the
closing off is strictly maintained. Your correspondent had a tour across the
Pieces of the crashed plane were scattered over an area of
7-8 acres. There was a crater with a diameter of 7 metres in the middle of the
field. The plane had crashed
here and its two bombs had exploded here.
The roof of Strandgaarden
had collapsed and walls had been pushed in. All furniture had been broken.
Not one window was left unbroken. The telephone poles along
the road had broken
and the road was torn up.
Not as bad as in Finland
Manufacturer Næsted’s villa in 3 storeys on a hilltop in the sealed off area
was also severely damaged. All windows facing the Belt were broken and in
rooms broken glass was spread like powder over the carpets.
We had gone to bed, the
manufacturer relates in an interview. The bedroom is on the 1st floor. We
had not rolled the blind down and from my bed I saw the plane
column of fire erupted and two tremendous bangs rang out, the house shook and
an infernal noise was heard when all the windows were broken. The air
was so powerful that a door between two rooms in the house flew open and the
door post was shattered. A big picture over the bed fell down, but
fortunately neither my wife nor I was hurt.
The manufacturer and his
family were among the evacuees, but this afternoon the family was permitted
to return. In the first place it was believed that a time bomb
was in an
outbuilding, but it turned out to be the shaft of the propeller. It had
flown through a window, had splintered a wardrobe and gone through a wall
finally ended on the cooker. A young girl was sleeping in her room,
but she was not hurt.
Yes, it was a terrible
night, but fortunately no human lives were lost, the manufacturer says.
But it was not nearly as
bad as in Finland, says a little boy cutting into the conversation. It was
the Finnish boy Raimond, 8 years old, who has stayed at the manufacturer’s
for a year. (One of the
War Refugee Children)