Peter Horn

Peter Horn in Danish uniform.

Peter Horn was a Danish fighter pilot, who fought in the Luftwaffe during the Second World War.

Horn was born on 15 October 1915. He joined the Danish army and trained as a pilot, graduating as a qualified pilot in 1937 (certificate 214/37). On 9 October 1938 he was made Sekondløjtnant (2nd Lieutenant) and at the outbreak of war, was a Lieutenant in the reserve.

On 8 July 1941 Danish commissioned officers of the armed forces are officially allowed to volunteer for the Freikorps Denmark for service in the Finnish Air Force on the Eastern Front. One of the eight volunteers was Horn. In the summer of 1941 the Finnish Air Force no longer needed foreign volunteers, so the Danes were transferred to the Luftwaffe.

Leutnant Horn remained in Luftwaffe service until the end of the war, as a fighter pilot with 1./JG 51 from 1941 to 1943. He survived the war.

He was credited with 10 or 11 victories during the war, mostly on the Eastern Front. During his Luftwaffe service Horn was decorated with the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class.

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Peter Horn (15 October 1915 – 1 November 1983)

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12 comments

  1. Unfuck U · October 3, 2020

    The Me109 was an incredible powerful fighter plane. Durin my pilot training in 2005 (just motorized gliders, nothing serious) I had the opportunity talking with a former pilot of the Me109. He was also with the Luftwaffe until the end of the war. In the last month, so he told me, allied forces had total air superiority and thus German troops instinctively shot at any plane they saw. Thus the chances being downed by friendly fire was much higher than being shot by allied planes.
    Finally that threat became so serious the remaining pilots didn’t want to take any chances anymore but since they couldn’t disobey orders they simply provoked a very specific „accident“ by flipping the plane on its back whilst still on the ground. The reason they could do that was the incredible powerful engine of the Me109. All they had to do was hitting full throttle on the runway very fast and the torque of the engine caused the plane to flip.

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    • Viking Life Blog · October 3, 2020

      Interesting. It’s sad, that we have lost almost all the veterans by now.

      Friendly fire is the worst. I don’t blame them for not wanting to take “stupid” risk in the last days.

      I imagine Austria being a crazy place to fly planes. You could emergency land a plane almost any place you like in Denmark, becauce it’s flat and have a lot of farm lands. I imagine Austria is the opposite and very hard to navigate.

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      • Unfuck U · October 3, 2020

        Yes. On the other hand it was much harder for an AA-battery to down a plane in the mountainous region of the Salzkammergut for example. I almost wanted to tell you of a positive example of the downing of the last P-47 Thunderbolt in the European Theatre close to Ebensee and the recovery of “Dottie Mae” in 2005 out of the Lake Traunsee.
        I just found out she wasn’t shot down but collided with the lake’s surface due to a pilot error.
        They recovered her in one piece and she subsequently was sold back to America where she had been completely restored. Now she flies again!

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      • Viking Life Blog · October 3, 2020

        Yeah, there is a better view in a flat land.

        Nice, it’s funny that they still can find complete airplanes. I assume the lake was deep.

        Do people still find WWII stuff regularly in Austria?

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      • Unfuck U · October 4, 2020

        Yes, if you know where to search you still can find an awful lot.
        There’s many places – one place I’ve never been (by way of searching for stuff) is the area around Linz in Upper Austria:

        [video src="https://unfuckuhome.files.wordpress.com/2020/10/img_3591.mp4" /]

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      • Unfuck U · October 4, 2020

        You’ll need to copy the address inside the “” and paste it in your browser

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      • Viking Life Blog · October 4, 2020

        wow, be careful.

        As far as I understand, there are still being found mines from WWII and maybe even WWI in Danish water.
        A navy guy told me, that Allied mines are more dangerous and unstabil than German mines, because of German quality are better, no leaks, battery still works, etc..

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      • Unfuck U · October 4, 2020

        Whut?? Gotta be kidding me!
        Battery still works after so many years???

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      • Viking Life Blog · October 4, 2020

        Now, when I think of it, it does sound like a long time. But, I don’t know about it.

        The guy worked at Tøjhusmuseet, a military museum in Copenhagen. He was a former U-Boot man. We spoke a little and I remember about the mines.

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      • Unfuck U · October 4, 2020

        Well it’s working at least since 75 years!
        Show me any modern battery remaining functional fo such a timespan.

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      • Viking Life Blog · October 4, 2020

        Good point.

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