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Mission: Bomber escort sortie attacking aerodromes.

Date: 14
th August

Time: 12.45 hours.

Unit: 1 Staffel./Jagdgeschwader 26

Type: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1

Werke Nr.4827

Code:< + 8

Location:Coldred, near Dover, Kent, England.

Pilot: Unteroffizier. Gerhart Kemen. – Captured seriously wounded. Repatriated back to Germany in 1943.


Took off from near Calais on a bomber escort which was attacking aerodromes. It appears the pilot got on the tail of a Hurricane, that looped above him, got on his tail and shot him down. Aircraft completely smashed and no identification. The pilot had been carrying out up to three sorties a day with every fourth day off.

Markings: a black eagle badge. Aircraft delivered by Arado of Warnemunde on 19/4/40. Engine no. 1371 was delivered 4/4/40. Armament: four MG’s recovered.

40-08-14 109 Coldred Uffz Gerhard Kemen sp
Gerhart Kemen pictured here after his return to Germany, his rank is now Feldwebel.

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless. Special thanks to Nigel Parker and Simon Parry. March 2015
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