Korsør Avis about air crashes På dansk Updated: 31 MAR 2014
(the local newspaper) to
www.airmen.dk received from Kurt Rehder on 4
"Last night the air war came heavily to West Zealand. Planes passed from midnight to 2.30 and there were a number of aerial combats causing the crashes of 3 foreign planes. One of them was shot down at Strandgaarden on Revet at Korsør, the second exploded over Kongsmark at farmer N. P. Frandsen's farm, while the third crashed into the water 50 m off Drøsselbjerg Klint (Cliff).
The first planes were heard about 23.30, and the observation posts had an easy job in the moonlit night. There was a brisk flak fire from Korsør. Search light made long light cones in the sky and forced the foreign planes to fly low. People really felt the air war and many went into their basements.
At midnight a big American plane coming from the Belt was hit. It came in north of Sprogøvej and continued over Strandgaarden where it was hit again. It caught fire and exploded. Sparks from the planes were hurled far away and a bomb fell 20 m north of Strandgaarden where today a big crater reminds us how close the farm was to being completely destroyed. The plane crashed into the field on the other side of the road where tall flames appeared. The plane burned in a short time. Undoubtedly the crew perished at the explosion.
At Kongsmark there was also a dramatic course of events. Here there had been an aerial combat and the foreign plane crashed over farmer Frandsen's farm. Before that it exploded in the air and parts of it were scattered over several acres. Also here the crew was pulverized to the most horrifying extent.
The farm did not catch fire contrary to what happened at Strandgaarden and at Drøsselbjerg. Here the plane crashed into the water 50 m off Drøsselbjerg Klint (Cliff) and tenant Løjstrup's farm caught fire due to machine gun fire or incendiaries. It burned out almost completely. The farm house was salvaged. Of the livestock only the horses were saved. The plane that had crashed into the water showed clear signs of an aerial combat. Its fuselage was splintered and parts of the plane were scattered along the beach. The 3 bodies that drifted ashore had bullet wounds, so the crew may have been killed before the plane crashed.
A number of bombs also fell in our neighbourhood. In Korsør an unexploded bomb at "Villa Nelletidda" made the police evacuate the house and a couple of adjacent houses. The many people were taken to Halskov School, where D.K.B. took care of them. (D.K.B. = Danske Kvinders Beredskab, Danish women in a voluntary organization established for this kind of events.)
This morning a bomb squad arrived from Næstved, but as yet there is no further information about the bomb. Unexploded bombs have also been found north of Korsør. A couple of houses have had to be evacuated and the police have had to seal off some areas.
The killed airmen from Drøsselbjerg and the bodies from Strandgaarden and Kongsmark have been taken to the chapel of rest at Stillinge Church."
PS. The last line is not correct. 4 bodies from
HAL HR722 near
Drøsselbjerg and 7 bodies from
STI R9261 at
Kongsmark were taken from Kirke Stillinge to Svinø Churchyard.
The rest of the airmen of
HAL HR722 near
Drøsselbjerg were taken to Svinø Churchyard and buried there when they were
found in a number of days.