Grovelsjon


In northern Dalarna lies lake (Grovelsjon) whose northern part extends into the Norwegian side of the border. On June 2, 1940, a German Heinkel 111 had been commissioned in Narvik. On the way back to its base at Vaernes airport outside Trondheim it was attacked by British fighter planes and got damaged. The damages was so severely that it couldn’t return to Vaernes but was forced to make an emergency landing on the Norwegian side of the lake. All crew members survived without injuries and were picked up a day later. The plane was not salvaged but remained on the crash site war out.

Current status: Demolished (2018).

Location: 62°09'09.94"N 12°15'32.65"E

Get there: Boat.

My comment:

Not much is left of the plane where it is at the shore. It is also said to be on private land and can only be reached by sea. Anyone who wants to see the wreck can take a trip with the boat M/S Sylora. Between June and September, Sylora operates between Grovelsjon on the Swedish side and Sylen on the Norwegian side. During the tour, the boat passes the wreck but unfortunately not as close as one had hoped.

Follow up in books: Greene, Jack, Massignani, Alessandro: Hitler Strikes North: The Nazi Invasion of Norway & Denmark, April 9, 1940 (2013).