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Mission: Night attack on London, England.

Date: 14/15th March 1944

Time: 22.25 hours.

Unit: 7 Staffel./Kampfgeschwader 2

Type: Dornier Do 217 M-1


Coded: U5 + MR

Location: Near RAF Friston, Eastbourne, Sussex, England.

Pilot: Unteroffizier. Herbert Ballwieser 57359/585 – Killed. Born 12.09.1921 in Nuremberg.

Observer: Oberfeldwebel. Werner Hofmann 57359/630 – Killed. Born 29.09.1916 in Schoeneck.

Radio/Op: Gefreiter. Albert Rasch 57359/611 – Killed. Born 15.11.1923 in Hallstadt.

Gunner: Unteroffizier. Helmut Lenz 57359/407 – Killed. Born 28.09.1920 in Netzbruch.


This aircraft was shot down by AA fire from the guns of 71 A.A Brigade with 26 rounds of 3.7in HE. (High Explosive) RAF Intelligence A.I.1(k) reported: The local A.A. states that they engaged this aircraft at a height of about 23,000 feet and that after catching fire, it dived into the ground at high speed. The wreckage was buried in a deep crater and burned for many hours; consequently few documents of value were recovered. The aircraft was presumably on its way to the target since the remains of a A.B.B. 500 was found.

1 Uffz Ballwieser & crew
L to R; Albert Rasch, Herbert Ballwieser, Werner Hofmann and Helmut Lenz (Hall).

2 Do217M at 2Friston 14.03.44
The shattered remains of Herbert Ballwieser’s Dornier Do 217 near Friston (Parry).

3 Do217 Today

4 Raschcc5 Graves
Death notice Albert Rasch Crew originally buried Friston (St.Mary) Churchyard


Burial details:

This crew are laid to rest in the same grave at the Deutsche Soldatenfriedhof Cannock Chase, Staffs.

Block 9 – Row 10 – Grave 62

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless, with thanks to Simon Parry, Steve Hall, and Clive Ellis who all contributed to this page. May 2013.