Account from Herluf Munkholm På
21 MAR 2014
See also Lester Schrenk - The day of my capture.
Came down by parachute in Thy on this
day 70 years ago from 22 February 2014 written by Villy Dall,
translated into English by AS and KK
made Herluf Munkholm send this account, originally published in "Christmas in Thy 2011". On 28 February 2014 he wrote more in an email. Excerpts:
"On 22 February 1944 I saw the aerial combat between an American Flying Fortress and a German fighter plane. One wing of the Fortress was hit and burst in flames. The crew of the Flying Fortress bailed out while the plane was circling. I counted 10 parachutes and men. Shortly after the burning wing had fallen off the rest of the Fortress crashed near »Koustrup Møllegaard«.
One of the crew members
landed by parachute on the thin layer of ice on Lake Ove. He crashed through the ice and
now he was standing on the
At that time the inn Hørdum Kro was under
requisition by German soldiers, or was it a mixture of German soldiers and
Frenchmen from Alsace-Lorraine. At any rate
In a wide row the soldiers from Hørdum Kro went with charged bayonets to the site where the plane and one of its wings had fallen down. We were a number of big boys from the area who came to Lake Ove just when the soldiers arrived."
"The Flying Fortress did NOT make a forced
landing. A crew member from another plane might have got the impression that
it made a forced landing. It was shot
there is more about B17 42-31377 and there is
photo of the German plane. Sergeant Lester
Schrenk and Oberleutnant Hans Hermann Müller