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Mission: Channel Reconnaissance – Western England.

Date: 22
nd August 1942

Unit: 1 Staffel / Fernaufklärungsgruppe 123

Type: Junkers Ju 88D-1


Coded: 4U +

Location: Chaville, France.

Pilot: Leutnant. Hans Roloff. 69004/260 - Killed. Born 03.01.1921 in Lindau/Bodensee.

Observer: Gefreiter. Helmut Schlegel. 69004/258 - Killed. Born16.12.1922 in Regensburg.

Radio/Op: Gefreiter. Gottfried Wannske. 69004/259 - Killed. Born 20.12.1920 in Lommetsch.

Gunner: Unteroffizier. Wolfgang Bischoff. 69004/257 - Killed. Born 03.01.1921 in Münster/Westf.


This aircraft crashed on return from mission. Reason unknown

The Junkers was completely smashed, damaging property along the street (Brownless)

1 Hans Roloffcc2 Helmut schlegel
cccPilot; Hans Roloff – Killed. ccccccccccccccccccccccccc Observer; Helmut Schlegel – Killed.

3 Gottfried Wannskecc4 Wolfgang Bischoff
Radio/Op; Gottfried Wannske – Killed.
ccccccccccccccccccccccc Gunner; Wolfgang Bischoff – Killed.

5 Burial
Original burial of Lt. Roloff’s crew 25
th August 1942 (Brownless)

The Staffel stands in front of four freshly dug graves in the German war cemetery to pay their last respects to their comrades Leutnant Hans Roloff, Gefreiter Helmut Schlegel, Gefreiter Gottfried Wannske and Unteroffizier Wolfgang Bischoff, whose flying fate had been fulfilled a few days before. A drum roll sounds out and three shots thunder over the valley as the dead comrades are given over to the cool earth.

Burial detail: Kriegsgräberstätte in Versailles, France.

Hans Roloff - Row M Grave 22

Helmut Schlegel - Row M Grave 22

Gottfried Paul Heinrich Wannske - Row M Grave 24

Wolfgang Bischoff - Row M Grave 25

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless with special thanks to Armin Goebel and Fritz Schlichting for their help in constructing this page, August 2013.
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