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Mission: Defence of the Reich.

Date: 10
th November 1944

Unit: 3 Staffel./Nachtjagdgeschwader 2

Type: Junkers Ju 88G-6


Coded: 4R +

Location: Wahnhausen, near Kassel, Germany.

Pilot: Unteroffizier. Georg Bolte. 63659/183 – Killed. Born 19.11.1921 in Rheine.

Radio/Op: Unteroffizier. Lothar Firlus. 62707/241 – Killed. Born 29.05.22 in Etzdorf.

Gunner: Unteroffizier. Ernst Manigel. 63659/226 – Killed. Born 20.04.22 in Lubitze.


After night hunting mission whilst landing at Kassel-Rothwesten near Kassel/Wahnhausen the aircraft crashed killing all on board. Uffz. Georg Bolte was taken back to his home town at Rheine for burial in a private grave. Uffz. Lothar Firlus and Uffz. Ernst Manigel were laid to rest at Kassel Hauptfriedhof, grave numbers 57-601 and 568.

(1) L to R Wagner, Manigel, Firlus, Bolte - Copy
L to R Wagner, Manigel, Firlus, Bolte. (Schmitz)

(2) left to right  Ernst Manigel - Copy
Left to right: (Schützen); Ernst Manigel (Beobachter); Horst Wagner (Flügzeugfhr.); Georg Bolte (Funker) Lothar Firlus (Schmitz)

(3) Bolte's crew together with unidentified crew
Georg Bolte and his crew pictured with another unidentified crew (Schmitz)

(4) Firlus_at_NordhaÅsen_10.9.43 - Copycc(5) Lothar Firlus - Copy
Lothar Firlus at Nordhausen 10.09.1943 (Schmitz)
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Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless, with special thanks to Chuck Schmitz (U.S.A.) for providing all photographs in remembrance of this crew. July 2014.