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Mission: Bombing Practice.

Date: 14
th July 1943

Time: P.M.

Unit: 12 Staffel./Kampfgeschwader 30

Type: Junkers Ju 88A-4


Coded: 4D + DW

Location: Near Dokkedal, Aalborg, Denmark.

Pilot: Unteroffizier. Josef Görlich. – Killed.

Obs: Gefreiter. Karl Karner. – Killed.

W/T: Unteroffizier. Karl Riegel. – Killed.

B/M: Obergefreiter. Hermann Bauer. – Killed.


T/o Aalborg West. Op: Bombing practice.

After having dropped their concrete practice bombs on the practice range on the beach north of Dokkedal early in the evening Pilot Unteroffizier Josef Görlich pulled up too late and hit the ground north of the observation bunker.

The Junkers Ju 88 broke up and the wreckage continued across a meadow and through a windbreak belt. The tail section ended up in a nearby gravel pit while one of the engines hit and destroyed the privy belonging to the small holders farm at Dokkedalvej road number 91. Luckily this was not occupied at the time.

The wreckage was spread over a wide area and a fire started in the heather. The crew were thrown clear of the wreck and was found dead by the people living on the nearby farms.

The dead bodies of the crew were collected by the Luftwaffe and were laid to rest in Frederikshavn cemetery on 21/7/1943.

The Ju 88 was a 100% loss. Sources: RL 2 III/1191, WASt, LBUK. Horst Jeckel.

Youthful Karl Riegel joined the 13
th Staffel./KG 30 on the 9th May 1943 and was killed just a few weeks afterwards.


Karl on the right during training (Jeckel)
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Karl Emil Riegel – Killed in Action (Jeckel)

The original burial of the four crew members at Frederikshavn cemetery on 21/7/1943 (Jeckel)


Researched by Horst Jeckel and compiled by Melvin Brownless November 2014.