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Mission: Attack on Liverpool. England.

Date: 17
th October 1940

Time: 23.00 hours.

Unit: 2 Staffel./Kuestenfliegergruppe 606

Type: Dornier Do 17Z

Werke Nr. 2691

Code: 7T + HK

Location: Maesbury Ring, near Wells, Somerset. (U.0568 War Revision)

Pilot: Feldwebel. Heinrich Faupel. 73712/18 – Killed.

Observer: Leutnant zur See. Erwin Blanck. 73712/11 – Killed.

Radio/Op: Obergefreiter. Wilkelm Schnake. 73712/33 – Killed.

Flt/Eng: Feldwebel. Gerhard Steppath. 73552/13 – Killed.


Started from Brest at 18.30 hrs, bjective Liverpool. Aircraft crashed on top of a hill and was smashed to pieces. Local reports state that the fuel tanks were empty and there was no smell of fuel. Aircraft heard circling with engine trouble, prior to crash. All the crew wore the EK II (Iron Cross) second class ribbon. Markings: H in black, outlined in red, also repeated on wing tips. Crest; grey and black eagle standing on projected map of England attacking it with claws and beak. England marked in red with white cliffs, sapphire sea and pale blue sky. The whole outlined by black and white shield. Aircraft made by Dornierwerke Friedrichshafen in 1939.

Armament: six MG 15. Ten 50 kg bombs lying near wreckage, fitted with No.15 fuses and whistles. Some 1 kg incendiaries were also found.

Engines: Bramo, built by Brandenburgischer Motorenwerke, Berlin, Spandau.

2cc3 Faupel & Steppat

4cc5 Blanck 1

6cc7 Schnake 1

8cc9 Faupel & Steppat

10 German graves Cannock

Burial detail:

This crew now rest in the Deutsche Soldatenfriedhof Cannock Chase, England.

Block 6. Grave No.s 362, 363,364 and 365.

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless with special thanks to Nigel Parker, Simon Parry and Mike Croft for their help in constructing this page. March 2015
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