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Mission: Hit and run attack on Eastbourne, Sussex, England.

Date: 26
th August 1942

Time: 08.55 hours.

Unit: 10 Staffel./Jagdgeschwader 26

Type: Focke Wulf Fw 190A-2

Werke Nr.2080

Code: 13 + (small bomb emblem)

Location: Dyke, Lottbridge Grove, Eastbourne, Sussex, England. R.0020 (War Revision 1940)

Pilot: Oberfeldwebel. Werner Kassa. – Killed.


Aircraft dropped a bomb and machine gunned town from low altitude, when it was engaged by Canadian manned light AA unit. With the pilot apparently hit, the aircraft pulled up and dived into a ditch upside down. Markings: the rudder and lower part of engine cowling yellow, rest of aircraft grey upper surfaces and duck-egg blue lower surfaces. The skin of the aircraft is not polished. A small bomb was painted horizontally just after the chevron. Engine: BMW 801. Metal VDM propeller fitted. Armament: two MG151/20 mm and two MG 17. ETC 501/XIIB new type of bomb carrier recovered. Believed a 250 kg bomb was dropped. Equipment: Wireless FuG 7.

Extract from the book “Blitz 3” published by After the Battle;

“As Oberfeldwebel Kassa swooped low over Caffyns workshops, the machine gun post on the roof opened up on the leading Fw 190. Private E. G. “Soapy” Johnstone was credited with the kill, another gunner, Private F. L. Wood, claiming to have shot down the second Fw 190 into the sea – a fact disproved as Kassa’s wingman, Obergefreiter Wittmann returned safely to Abbeville, France.

1 War Revision 1940 Map Ref 0020

2 Crash site (Burgess Collection)
Crash site location of Fw 190A-2 of Ofw. Kassa (Burgess Collection)

3 Crash site (Burgess Collection)
Part of the wing pictured in the dyke (Burgess Collection)

4 Crash site (Burgess Collection)
Part of the aircrafts armament scattered around the site (Burgess Collection)

5 Crash site (Burgess Collection)
“Black 13” fuselage lies inverted in the dyke (Burgess Collection)

6 Crash site (Burgess Collection)
Note: Various items unearthed during construction work
propeller blade now on display at Eastbourne Redoubt Museum.

7 Cannock Chase via Iain Ochiltree

Burial detail: Deutsche Soldatenfriedhof Cannock Chase, Staffs, England.

Block 4, Grave 74.

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless. With special thanks to the late Pat Burgess collection and Nigel Parker, not forgetting “After the Battle” publications and Iain Ochiltree. March 2015
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