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Mission: Major attack on Docks in Liverpool/Birkenhead, England.

Date: 3rd May 1941

Time: 3.30 a.m.

Unit: 1 Staffel./Kampfgeschwader 30

Type: Junkers Ju 88A-5


Coded: 4D + BH

Location: Off shore at Weybourne, Norfolk, England.

Pilot: Feldwebel. Erwin Geiger 62741/ - POW.

Observer: Feldwebel. Helmut Laser 62758/ - POW.

Radio/Op: Feldwebel. Richard Altmayer 62741/ - POW.

Gunner: Major. Walter Seeburg 62741/ - POW (Slightly wounded).


According to "The Blitz" Then & Now Vol.2 this aircraft was shot down by P/O Guy A. Edmison and Sgt A. G. Beale of No.151 Squadron in a Defiant.

Took off from Eindhoven at 01.30 hrs. along with elven other aircraft of I/KG 30 to attack Liverpool Docks in the vicinity of Birkenhead. This aircraft lead the raid, with orders to report the weather conditions over the target to the other aircraft in the formation. The crew skirted over the northern end of the Wash at 23,000 ft. turning west over Skegness but encountered heavy AA fire. The port engine then started to loose power and the compass failed, so the bombs were jettisoned and the pilot turned south for home. While over Norfolk the starboard engine started to fail, so the pilot made a good forced landing on the foreshore, just below the low tide point.

Markings: 80 marked in white, on the top of the fin, 12 inches long. Shield in red and white but blacked out.

Armament: one 1,000 kg and one 500 kg mine.

The gunner at the age of 53 was on his first War Flight, having come along just for the ride, his normal duties were signing Ausweis. The rest of the crew including the bordmechaniker, Uffz Schmidt who had been left behind had served together as a crew for over three years. They had taken part in the raid on the Firth of Forth on 16/10/39.

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Feldwebel Geiger's Ju 88 at Weybourne following the belly landing.

Message: I was most interested to read on your site of the Ju 88 that crash-landed on Weybourne beach and see a picture of it. Some-time during the1970s I discovered, what I believed to be, a V-12 engine from that plane half-buried in the beach close to an area known by locals as the 'Old Hythe'. Regards – Ashley Gray.

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Remains of Jumo 211 engine pictured still on the beach during the 1970’s. (Ashley Gray).

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless with special thanks to Ashley Gray (May 2013).