A force of thirteen Ju 52's were on their way to lake Hartvigvann with troops, four cannons and supplies. Eleven of them managed to land on the ice at Hartvigvann, but these two got lost in the snowstorm and made a forced landing on the ice at Gullesfjordbotn. One of them crashed during the landing.

At 07.30 the next morning they were attacked by three Norwegian He 115 of 3. Flyveavdeling, based at Stokmarknes. Both Junkers were shot up on the ice, one of them burned heavily. Both crews (eight airmen) became PoW's. The planes sank to the bottom when the ice melted.

Junkers Ju 52/3mg4e Gullesfjordbotn Troms

1./KGr zbV 102 SE+JZ WNr.6582 13.04 1940
Fw.Walter Thomas. Uffz.Otto Weschung. Uffz.Heinz Richter all captured unhurt.

1./KGr zbV 102 CN+BS WNr.6402 13.04 1940
Uffz.Herbert Lochmann. Uffz.Werner Hagemann. Oberfw.Paul Ließ all captured unhurt.
source: Larry Hickey EoE Project.

03.08 2007 © kjell sørensen

Wheel hub with brake photographed at the Red Cross Museum in Narvik. ©morten moe