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Mission: London, England.

Date: 16th October 1940

Time: 19.50 hours.

Unit: Stab II./Kampfgeschwader 30

Type: Junkers Ju 88A-5

Werke Nr.317

Coded: 4D + DM

Location: Much Hadham, one mile south of Bishops Stortford Church, Essex, England.

Hauptmann. Erich Hass. – Killed. Born 07.05.1913 in Raisdorf.

Feldwebel. Josef Kessels. – Killed. Born 26.11.1917 in Herzogenrath.

Feldwebel. Günther Suhr. – Killed. Born 14.10.1919 in Hamburg.

War Correspondant. Anton Doppelfeld. – Killed. Born 15.02.1906 in Köln-Mülheim.


This aircraft crashed, and there was a large explosion reported to be caused by 50-Kg bombs. The wreckage is scattered over a wide area, and it is thought that the crew are all dead – the remains of at least three people have been found.
The unit has been assumed from the Ausweis, KG30 being the only unit known to have their Ausweis issued to them at Perleberg; the date of issue indicates the 6
th Staffel, as it agrees with previous Ausweis. Crew: Feldwebel. Gunther Suhr – dead, other members of crew not identified. Markings: aircraft made by Junkers Flugzeug unt Motoren Werke Dessau. Engines: Jumo 211 B, made by Junkers, Dessau; one engine no. 47751. Armament: three MG 15 found, along with remains of a large, external bomb rack.

crash_one S Parry Red Kite
Wreckage of the Ju 88 being examined in the field and in the gulley at the edge of the field (Parry) Red Kite.

crash_two S Parry Red Kite

Ju 88 Bishops Stortford x3
The crash site pictured in 1990, the Chestnut tree still remaining in situ. (Brownless)

4 Ju 88 Bishops Stortford

5 Grave of Ju 88 crew Bishops Stortford KG30

Burial detail:
This crew rest together in a joint grave at Cannock Chase, Staffs, England. Block 9 Row 3 Grave 16.
Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless (1990). Thanks to Simon Parry (Red Kite Books) June 2013.