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Mission: Reconnaissance flight.

Date: 21
st December 1939

Unit: 3 Staffel./Fernaufklaerungsgruppe 121

Type: Heinkel He 111H-2

Werke/Nr.(Not recorded)

Coded: (not known)

Location: Crashed near Spöck, NE of Karlsruhe, Germany.

Pilot: Unteroffizier. Kurt Keller – Killed.

Observer: Leutnant. Wintermeyer – Injured/Safe?

Flt/Engineer: Obergefreiter. Ewald Otto – Killed.

(1) He 111 with Ewald Otto
Flt/Eng; Ewald Otto in the cockpit of Heinkel He 111 (Schmitz)


Presumed went into a tailspin due to stall during reconnaissance flight, Aircraft 100% write-off.

(2) He 111 down Dec 39 Schmitz

(3) Crash Site

(4) Crash Site
Aftermath, burnt out remains of Kurt Keller’s He 111 in woodland near Spöck (Schmitz)

(5) Uffz. Kurt Kellercc(6) Ogefr. Ewald Otto
Pilot Kurt Keller pointing to a map of England (Schmitz)
cccccccccccccccccc ccccccccccc Portrait of Ewald Otto (Schmitz)ccccccccccc

Burial detail: Believed taken back to their home towns for burial.

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless, with special thanks to Chuck Schmitz (U.S.A.) and Matti Salonen. (New July 2014).
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