Famed Nazi General Dead
Udet "Met With Severe Accident"
BERLIN, Nov. 18 (INS)—Death of Lieut. Gen. Ernst Udet
, one of the Reich's most famous airmen and chief of the technical bureau of the air force, was announced officially today.
According to the announcement, Udet yesterday "met with a severe accident and died on his way to a hospital." He had been testing a new weapon when the accident occurred.
Chancellor Hitler ordered that a state funeral be held in honor of Udet, who gained fame as a military flier in the last war and later through his exploits as an aerial "stunt" pilot.
A government spokesman declared:
"Since Udet died while testing a new weapon, the circumstances of his death prevent announcement of further details for the time being."
The spokesman added that on orders from Hitler, the Luftwaffe pursuit squadron No. 3 has been named the "Udet squadron."
Nature of the weapon Udet was testing when the accident occurred was not revealed.
The Lowell Sun - Tuesday, November 18, 1941