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Mission: Government offices, London, England.

Date: 9th December 1940

Unit: 8 Staffel./Kampfgeschwader 77

Type: Junkers Ju 88A-5


Coded: 3Z + ES

Location: North Stifford, near West Thurrock, Essex, England.

Pilot: Leutnant. Hans Guhre 65108/63 - Killed. Born 13.01.1916 in Chemnitz.

Observer: Unteroffizier. Eugen Knöller 65108/59 - Killed. Born 06.04.1920 in Höfen.

Radio/Op: Unteroffizier. Werner Hassdenteufel 65108/? - Killed. Born 11.04.1919 in Elversberg.

Gunner: Unteroffizier. Josef Kleiber 65108/631 - killed. Born 31.12.1915 in Bölten.


This aircraft was hit by AA fire while flying at 17,000 ft., dived into the ground and exploded on impact. Armament: traces of four MG 15 found and small pieces of armour.

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Extracted from A.I.(k) Report No.966/1940 adding additional information about two members of the crew who were killed.

2 Ju 88 Wnr.3191 West Thurrock 09.12.40
Soldiers/Home Guard pick over the wreckage of the ill-fated Junkers (Archive).

3 Cannock Chase general view
Cannock Chase, German Military cemetery (Archive).

Burial detail:

All four crew now rest at the Deutsche Soldatenfriedhof Cannock Chase, Staffs, England.

Eugen Knoeller - Block 9, Grave 59. (Joint).

Werner Hassdenteufel - Block 9, Grave 59. (Joint).

Hans Gure - Block 9, Grave 60. (Joint).

Josef Kleiber - Block 9, Grave 60. (Joint).

Researched & compiled by Melvin Brownless A. R. Society, June 2012.