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1 Bildau, KurtLt21/JG-20 (6/40), 7/JG-51 (9/40 Channel)Bf 109E-4 Werk # 3266 (lost 9/15/40) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
One known victory, his 1st, a Hurricane in the Dieppe/Neufchatel area, 7 June, 1940. His 2nd, a Spitfire NW of Cape Gris Nez on 8 July, 1940. Lt Bildaus AC crashed 15 September, 1940 after aerial combat with RAF fighters, while escorting bombers. His engine caught fire and the AC crashed at Nelson Park near Dover, where he was taken prisoner.
2 Dähne, Kurt HubertusOblt9/12/1914Breslau21/JG-26 (joins 1/1/40), Adj I/JG-26 (9/40 Channel)Bf 109E-1 Werk # 5813 "< + -" (lost 9/14/40) EK 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 14 September, 1940 when his E-1 collided with his 2nd victory, a Hurricane of RAF No. 253 Sq., piloted by F/Sgt Dredge, at Beacon Hill, Stone, near Teynham, Kent, SE of Maidstone. Buried Cannock Chase, Block 1, Gr 170 (M.Croft). His first victory, a Spitfire NE of Goodwin Sands on 12 August, 1940. Alternate spelling: Daehne. Added: Correction; there was no collision. the E-1 was sd by Sgt Dredge. The E-1 exploded when Dredge's bullets hit the main fuel tank behind the cockpit (Sgt Dredge's Combat Report via Mark Nelson).
Cannock Chase
3 Denner, OttoUffz7/KG-26 (Sola)He 111H-3 Werk # Unk "1H + ER" (lost 8/9/40))Bomber Operational ClaspPOW 9 August, 1940 after being shot down while raiding ports at Yorkshire and further north. The victors were three Hurricanes from RAF No. 79 Sq., by pilots F/Lt Rupert Clerke, Sgt John Wright and P/O George Nelson-Edwards. The smoking and heavily damaged AC ditched off Whitburn, County Durham, close enough for spectators to witness the crash. The crew were seen to shake hands while standing on the wing before entering their dingy. Although Karkos and Feinekat were wounded, the crew survived and were picked up by a Navy patrol boat 45 minutes after the incident. Remaining crew: Fw Willi Haertel, Observer (POW), Uffz Fritz Feinekat, wireless operator and Uffz Gustav Karkos, mechanic (POW)
4 Goliath, WilliUffz9/10/1916Goldap, Ostpr.3/KG-55 Villacoublay, Fr.He 111P-2 Werk # 2146 "G1 + GL" (lost 9/19/40)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 19 September, 1940; Shot down by AA fire near Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire England. Crash location as: "Thorley Wash, near River Stort beside footbridge north of Spellbrook Lock". Buried Saffron Walden Cemetery, Essex, Compartment 41, Gr.5. Remaining crew: Fw Theodor Alpers (geb 4/2/14 Meerhof), Observer, KIA, Buried Saffron Walden Cem, Comp 41 Gr.3; Uffz Hans Pohl (geb 2/25/17 Berlin), Mech/Gunner, KIA, Buried Saffron Walden Cem, Comp 41 Gr.4; all three died in the crash. Uffz Walter Gerss, R/O, survived with severe injuries as POW. Source: Eian Nelson (UK).
5 Krings, JosefFw7/LG-1 Ju 88A-5 Werk # 3197 "L1 + DR" (lost 9/27/40) Bomber Operational Clasp MIA 27 September, 1940; sd by Hurricanes of No. 79 Sq., piloted by Sq/Ldr J.H. Heyworth, & P/O's R.W. Clarke & G.H. Nelson-Edwards. He crashed at sea, 50 miles NW of St. David's Head, Pembrokeshire. Remaining crew: Uffz Friedrich Wurm, Obs (MIA), Uffz Rudi Wächtler (11/10/1916), R/O (KIA: bur Glencree, Gr 30) and Ofhr Heinz Vanselow, Gnr (MIA). Source: D. Drury.
Glencree German Cemetery, Ireland
6 Steinhilper, UlrichOblt9/14/1918Stuttgart53/JG-52 (Channel)Bf 109B-4 "Yellow 6" and "Yellow 14", Bf 109E-4 Wk # 2798 "Yellow 2" (lost 10/27/40)
EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
POW 27 October, 1940 after bailing out over Canterbury, 25 km north of Dover, during aerial combat in "Yellow 2". "I was coming down by parachute, it was a meadow and my aircraft was coming down in the middle of a herd of cows, and the herd of cows was going away wildly you know, with tales raised. I could see people come running across the field and of course when they were mainly civilians, I was scared because you know they were German bombs, of course there was war. I was afraid maybe I would fall into civilian hands and I would be beaten up!". Promptly captured by Canadian soldiers billeted in England. Interned January, 1941 at Camp # 30 at Bowmanville, near Toronto with von Werra. Attempted three escapes, making it as far as NY, but re-captured each time. After the 3rd attempt in April, 1942, he felt as if he had done his duty, and remained a POW the remainder of the war. Interviewed on the Discovery Channels Great Escape Program, including some of his home movies. His first victories were three Spitfires on the ground at RAF Manston before ever scoring his first aerial victory. His first victory, a Hurricane near Tilbury on 18 September, 1940. His 2nd & 3rd, two Spitfires NE of Dover on 24 September, 1940. His 4th, a Spitfire at Ashford on 30 September, 1940. His 5th, a Blenheim 5 km NW of Calais on 4 October, 1940. 150 missions. Magnus. Added: He was sd by a Spitfire of No.74 Sq., piloted by F/O William H.Nelson, DFC,. Steinhilper deceased 20 October, 2009 in Stuttgart (D.Drury).
7 Strasser, RichardOblt7/LG-1 (Channel)Ju 88A-5 werk # 4153 "L1 + Br" (lost 9/27/40)Bomber Operational ClaspMIA with three other unnamed crew 27 September, 1940; shot down by Hurricanes of No. 79 Sq., piloted by S/L J.H.Heyworth, P/O W.Clarke and P/O G.H.Nelson-Edwards. Added: The ac crashed at sea 50 miles NW of St David's Head, (SW Wales). Remaining crew: Gefr Wilhelm Lorenz, Obs (KIA, bur Glencree Gr 15); Fw Rudolf Sochtig, R/O (KIA, bur Glencree Gr 6 and Uffz Willi Forster (MIA). They were buried at Glencree (Ireland) after they washed across St George's Channel, onto the Irish coast. (Ju 88 Loss List & D.Drury).
Glencree German Cemetery, Ireland
8 Tornow, HeinzLt8/3/1918103.J/88 Legion Condor, 4/JG-51 (7/40 Channel)Bf 109B (in Spain), Bf 109E-4 Werk # 5370 "Whitw 9 + -" (lost 10/29/40)
Spanish Cross

EK 1 & 2
Fighter Operational Clasp
KIA 29 October, 1940; shot down at low altitude during aerial combat with a Spitfire of RAF No. 74 Sq., piloted by F/O Nelson, between Tunbridge Wells and Withyham,, near Groombridge. He crashed at Dodds Farm, Langton Green, Kent; buried Cannok Chase, Block 1, Gr 15 (M.Croft). Two victories in Spain. His first known western victory, a Spitfire E of Ramsgate on 10 July, 1940, a Fw at the time. His 2nd, a Hurricane over England on 13 July, 1940. His 3rd, a Spitfire W of Dover on 31 July, 1940. His 4th, a Hurricane E of Burnham-on-Crouch on 15 August, 1940. His 5th, a Spitfire at Canterbury on 16 August, 1940. His 6th, a Hurricane over England on 12 October, 1940. His 7th & 8th, both Hurricanes at London on 25 October, 1940. His 9th, a Spitfire NE of Folkestone on 27 October, 1940. His 10th, a Spitfire S of London on 29 October, 1940, the same day he was KIA, by another Spitfire.
9 Weyergang, EberhardOblt7/31/19167(F)/LG-2 (9/40 Channel) Bf 110C-5 Werk # 2185 "L2 + ER" (lost 9/25/40) Observer Operational Clasp Shot down by fighters over Hastings England on 25 September, 1940. The crew were killed when the AC crashed and caught fire. Oblt Weyergang buried at the Cemetery in Hastings/Sussex, Div O, Sec F, Gr46. Pilot listed as POW per the Bf 110 Loss List, His R/O Fw Gustav Nelson was killed. Added: Fw Nelson (geb 6/21/1913, Montigny) buried Hastings Cem. Sussex, Div O, Sec F, Gr 31. The ac crashed at Beaulieu Farm, Baldslow, near Hastings (Luftwaffe Graves UK).

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