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Mission: Not known.

Date: 8th November 1943

Unit: Stab./Fernaufklärungsgruppe 122

Type: Junkers Ju 88D -1


Coded: 4U + UH

Location: NE of Pescara, Italy.

Pilot: Major. Helmut Orlowski (Gruppenkommandeur & Ritterkreuzträger) – Killed.

Observer: Hauptmann. Karl-Heinz Hilbig. – Killed.

Radio/Op: Oberfeldwebel. Albert Kelbsch. – Killed.


This aircraft of the 1./(F)123 was being piloted by the Gruppenkommandeur of (F)122 Major Helmut Orlowski. During the flight they were attacked by fighters (P-40) and it is believed that they were shot down by 1/Lt Clarence F Musgrave of the 65th FS, 57th FG one mile off Pescara, Italy.

(1) Major Hellmuth Orlowski & Ofw Albert Kelbch x3cc(2) Hptm. Orlowski
Helmut Orlowski together with Albert Kelbsch (Brownless)
cccccccc Fine portrait photo of this officer.cccccccc

Major Orlowski was awarded the Knights Cross just a few weeks earlier on the 19.09.1943
and was decorated with the award personally by General Bülowius on the 06.10.1943, just two days before his death.

Burial detail:

None found on German VDK website – Possibly missing in the sea?

Research & compiled by Melvin Brownless May 2013.