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Mission: Pendleton, NW Manchester.

Date: 1st June 1941

Time: 23.55 hours.

Unit: 3 Staffel/Kampfgeschwader 54

Type: Junkers Ju 88A-5


Code: B3 + NL

Location: Poynings Springs, Saddlescombe, near Brighton, Sussex.

Pilot: Feldwebel. Fritz August Stein - Captured slightly wounded.

Observer: Feldwebel. Hans Riedel - Captured unwounded.

Radio/Op: Feldwebel. Karl Ilsemann (60026/18) - Killed.

Gunner: Gefreiter. Albert Rosenhahn (60026/31) - Killed.


Took off from Evreux just before 23.00 hrs. to bomb a factory at Pendleton, NW Manchester. While flying northwards at 13,000 ft.
it was attacked from behind by a night fighter which knocked out the port engine. After about ten minutes the starboard engine
gave out so the pilot gave the order to bail out but the chute of the wireless operator failed and the gunner failed to act on
the order. This aircraft dived into the ground where it disintegrated and burnt. The pilot, observer, radio/op wore the EK.I -
(Iron Cross First Class) and the gunner wore the EK.II (Second Class).

Markings: airframe was made by Heinkel Werke, Oranienburg on 18.03.1941, a tail component was made by N.D.Dornier Werke in January
1941. Factory markings were BJ+BZ. Armament: one MG 15 found. Usual internal and external bomb racks found. Three 250 kg and ten
50 kg bombs carried. Engines: Jumo 211.

Army or Home Guard officers together with the police survey the disintegrated Junkers 88 at Poynings. (via Parry)

A Lance Corporal stands guard over the wreckage. (via Parry)

Another general view of the crash site. (via Parry)

Fw.K.Islsemann 01-06-41 Uffz. E.Deibler 09-09-41Gefr.W.Wagner 31-01-41 Gefr.A.Rosenhahn 01-06-41
Karl Ilsemann and Albert Rosenhahn both lie at the Deutsche Soldatenfriedhof Cannock Chase.

Burial detail: Ilsemann Block 4, Grave 127 - Rosenhahn Block 4, Grave 112.

Researched & compiled by Melvin Brownless with thanks to Simon Parry and Mike Croft for their contribution towards this
page of remembrance. (March 2013)