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Mission: Attack on London, England.

Date: 4th February 1944

Time: 05.40 hours

Unit: 6 Staffel./Kampfgeschwader 2

Type: Junkers Ju 188E-1

Werke/Nr. 260216

Code: U5 + KP

Location: Maplin Sands, Shoeburyness, Essex, England.

Pilot: Unteroffizier. Franz Flamme. 57357/229 – Missing. Born 16.08.1918 in Oberelspe.

Observer: Obergefreiter. Werner Zwintschert. 58215/198 – Missing. Born 09.10.1919 in Berlin.

Radio/Op: Unteroffizier. Wolfgang Niemeyer. 57357/424 – Missing. Born 15.05.1920 in Hannover.

Gunner: Obergefreiter. Willi Piller. 57357/238 – Missing. Born 16.06.1921 in Steinschoenau.

Gunner: Obergefreiter. Johann Malecha. 58215/210 – Missing. Born 22.05.1920 in Richterstal.

Junkers Ju 188E-1 (W.Nr.10001)
Junkers Ju 188E-1 (W.Nr.10001) similar to that flown by Franz Flamme on the fateful night..


This aircraft was shot down by A.A. fire from sites near Clacton and crashed and disintegrated on Maplin Sands. Police records at the time state the following; German aircraft, make not known crashed half a mile SE of Eastwick Head MR 457098 and disintegrated. Parts of bodies recovered with German Air Force uniform. Number of crew not known.

A.I.(g) Report No. 8/22 Ju 188.

In the early hours of 4th February 1944, the remains of an aircraft were seen on Maplin Sands, Foulness Island. These were found to be portions of a Ju 188. It is believed that the aircraft had been shot down by A.A. fire on the 28th January 1944. The machine had dived steeply into the sand and disintegrated, and it was only just visible at low water.

The only evidence of identity found at the time was an identification disc bearing the number 58215/198 and this was assumed to have been from an aircraft shot down on the night of 28/29th January. Research by Brian Bines shows that this disc belonged to Obergefreiter. Werner Zwintschert, lost during the early hours of the 4th February 1944.

Sources: A.I.(g), WASt and Blitz (Then & Now) Vol.3

2 Uffz. Franz Flamme
Unteroffizier. Franz Flamme missing in action (Hall)

3 Last Sunset
In memory of those missing (net)

Burial details: None found.

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless, with thanks to Steven Hall & Brian Bines. Updated July 2014.