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Mission: Attack on London, England.

Date: 3
rd January 1944

Time: Between 21.35 and 00.40 hours.

Unit: 16 Staffel./Kampfgeschwader 2

Type: Messerschmitt Me 410A-1


Coded: U5 + AJ

Location: In the sea off Dover (Straights of Dover), Kent, England.

Pilot: Feldwebel. Friedrich Hess. 58214/272 – Missing. (Born 25.01.1921 in Bechtheim).

Radio/Op: Unteroffizier. Max von Poblotzki. 57359/525 – Missing. (Born 07.10.1921 in Penzing).


This aircraft was intercepted and shot down by F/O R. D. Bergemann (NZ) and F/O K. R. Bishop in a Mosquito HK461 of No. 488 Squadron. The Messerschmitt Me 410 exploded in the air and crashed into the Straights of Dover.

(1) Friedrich Hess KG2
Feldwebel. Friedrich Hess missing in action. (Brownless/King).

(2) BADGE 1
Friedrich's pilot badge donated to the Aircrew Remembrance Society
by his surviving sister. (Brownless/King).

(3) Letter from Oblt Walther to father, Herr Hess x2 English

(4) Letter from Oblt Walther to father, Herr Hess x5 English
Translation of letters of condolence from 16./KG2 Staffelkapitän Oblt. Hermann Walther to the father of Friedrich dated January 1944.

(5) German lost at sea memorial
German lost at sea memorial.

Burial detail:

None – Sea Grave.

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless. Special thanks to Katherina Hess for her help in constructing this page of remembrance in memory of her lost brother. January 2014.