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Mission: Reconnaissance – West side of the English Channel.

Date: 6
th October 1942

Unit: 1 Staffel./Fernaufklärungsgruppe 123

Type: Junkers Ju 88D-5


Coded: 4U + KH

Location: In Sea off Caen, France. (Quadrant 1062/15 West).

Pilot: Unteroffizier. Fritz Sallinger. 69004/267 - Killed. Born 02.02.1919 in Hollabrun.

Observer: Leutnant. Josef Wölwer. 69004/270 - Killed. Born 17.01.1917 in Bermel / Koblenz.

Radio/Op: Unteroffizier. Helmuth Kanka. 69004/268 - Killed. Born 06.02.1919 in Johnsdorf.

Gunner: Gefreiter. Herbert Küchler. 69004/269 - Killed. Born 29.12.1921 in Hohndorf.


This aircraft crashed into the sea off Caen, reason unknown!

1 Fritz Sallingercc2 Burial of Sallinger 23.10.42
Pilot; Fritz Sallinger
ccccccccccccccccccccccccccc The burial of Fritz took place on the 23.10.1942 (Brownless)ccccc

3 Josef Wolwercc4 Burial of Wolwer 16.10.42
Observer; Josef Wölwer
ccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc Burial of Josef took place on the 16.10.1942cccccccccccc

5 Helmuth Kankacc6 Burial of Kanka 28.10.42
Radio/Op; Helmuth Kanka
cccccccccccccccccccccccccc Burial of Helmuth took place on the 28.10.1942 (Brownless)

7 Herbert Kuchlercc8 Burial of Kuchler 09.10.42
Gunner; Herbert Küchler
ccccccccccccccccccccccccc Herbert was the first recovered and buried 09.10.1942 (Brownless)ccccc

9 La Cambe (Photo by Bjarki Sigursveinsson)
This crew now rest in the Deutsche Soldatenfriedhof La Cambe, France.
(Photo by Bjarki Sigursveinsson)

Fritz Sallinger – Block 34 Grave 225.

Josef Wölwer – Block 34 Grave 229.

Helmuth Kanka – Block 34 Grave 219.

Herbert Küchler – Block 34 Grave 233.

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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