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Mission: Birmingham. England.

Date: 10
th April 1941

Time: 11.05 p.m.

Unit: II Gruppe./Kampfgeschwader 1

Type: Junkers Ju 88A-5


Code: V4 + FV

Location: Greenlanes, Arncott, South of Bicester, Oxfordshire, England.

Pilot: Feldwebel. Walter John. - Killed.

Observer: Feldwebel. Josef Berger.53577/836 - Killed.

Radio/Op: Unteroffizier. Erich Sadegor. - Killed.

Gunner: Unteroffizier. Heinrich Schmid.
53578/99 - Killed.


This aircraft was shot down by P/O R. P. Stevens DFC in a Hawker Hurricane of No.151 Squadron during attack on Birmingham. Crashed and burned out South of Bicester, Oxfordshire.

A.I.(g) Report 182/8 states the following; Ju 88A-1 crashed at 23.05 hours on 10.04.41 at Murcote. Oxon. Map reference; L0505. Identification markings not accertainable. Works No. 4203 made by Dornier Werke, Junkers licence in August 1940. Engines Jumo 211B made by Junkers of Dessau. Only one engine number accertainable vis. 7208. Aircraft crashed as a result of fighter action. Three .303 strikes found in the tail. The aircraft broke up on impact and was badly burnt. Only two MG15’s were found, the positions of which were not accertainable. The remains of two external bomb racks also found, as well as two small pieces of armour. Crew 4 all killed.

The Junkers is believed to have cart-wheeled across the field ending up at the edge of the hedge line where it burnt out.
Gap in hedge has never grown back properly. (Brownless)

Death notice to Josef Berger (via Rickback)

Recovery of Ju 88 in 1990. (Brownless)

Recovery revealed a cylinder block & head from one side
of the Jumo 211 engine. (Brownless)

Cylinder head pictured after cleaning. (Brownless)

Piece of Luftwaffe uniform collar picked up at time of crash
now in the Mike Croft collection.

Part of navigational instrument. (King)


Burial details: Deutsche Soldatenfriedhof Cannock Chase, Staffs.

Joint Grave. Block 9. Grave 8. (Brownless)

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless with thanks to Rick, Alex King and Mike Croft. January 2014.