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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53087
Last updated: 21 April 2021
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Time:12:49 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic ME09 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4/Z
Owner/operator:Stab I./JG 53 Luftwaffe
Registration: 7285
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea 25 km west of Katwijk aan Zee, Zuid-Holland -   Netherlands
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Katwijk
Destination airport:
This aircraft crashed in the North Sea during a practice flight. Engine failure is believed to be the cause of the accident. The pilot was never found.
He was Hauptmann Franz von Werra, a holder of the Knights Cross.
Hauptmann von Werra had been shot down over England in September, 1940, and had escaped from a prison train taking him from Montreal in Canada to a POW camp. He made his way to the St Lawrence River, and from there crossed into the United States, which was still neutral at that time.
He is believed to be the only German POW to escape from Canada and return to Germany.


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Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
14-Feb-2014 21:44 angels one five Updated [Registration, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Narrative]
15-Apr-2014 06:01 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
23-Dec-2019 15:52 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
10-Apr-2020 13:14 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
10-Apr-2020 13:15 TigerTimon Updated [Phase]
10-Apr-2020 13:23 TigerTimon Updated [Operator, Source]

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