Wing Staff on 2 August 1943.
Report of conversation with the in custody taken personnel from the German courier aircraft, which made an emergency landing at Rommehed on 19 July 1943.
After conversation with the crew regarding the flight following was revealed:
The aircraft had started from Aalborg with a cargo mainly consisting of vegetables. After an intermediate landing at Oslo, the flight continued the usual courier route with Pori as destination. From Pori the aircraft was supposed to continue to Kirkenes. In the vicinity of Lake Siljan they experienced engine troubles with the right engine, which made continuing flight to the destination impossible. The course was changed towards Stockholm and radio contact was sought, which could not be established. The flight height couldn’t be maintained. At a speed of 130 k.p.h. the aircraft sank with approximately 1 meter per second. A landing ground was spotted were an emergency landing seem to be possible and the aircraft landed. The crew doesn’t seem to have previous knowledge of the existence of the field.
Regarding the aircraft following was revealed after conversation with the pilot and the mechanic and after examination:
Gasoline type: 87 octane
Oil type: Aeroshell 100
Take-off is possible with two engines and an empty aircraft. The take-off length will then be around 800 meters. The pilot has at several different occasions executed two-engine take-off.
After engine tests with both operational engines their condition was found to be bad. During tests left engine only managed 1600 r.p.m. and the middle engine only managed 1700 r.p.m. This should be compared with normally around 1850 r.p.m.
Following was also revealed:
The crew was convinced that Germany would win the war.
The aircraft was based at Rovaniemi (northern Finland).
Food-transport flights had been performed repeatedly. This particular aircraft didn’t perform repeatedly food-transports but was commandeered to different missions from case to case.
The female passenger seems to have some kind of matron position in Kirkenes and had been responsible together with Oberzahlmeister Ruge for procurement of the foodstuff.
The armament was explained with some risks of British aerial opposition on the route Aalborg – Oslo. At Oslo the machine-gun had been dismantled and stored loosely in the aircraft.
Field-post address 80110 on 2 August 1943.
Note: My own comments are noted in Italics.