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Mission: Attack on London, England.

Date: 24th February 1944

Unit: 2 Staffel./Kampfgeschwader 100

Time: 22.44 hours.

Type: Heinkel He 177A-3

Werke Nr.2222

Coded: 5J + PK

Location: Chequers Farm, now the Lamberhurst Golf Club, Lamberhurst, near Tonbridge, Kent. England.

Pilot: Oberleutnant. Wilhelm Hundt. 214651/123 – Killed. Born 04.05.1922 in Essen.

Observer: Unteroffizier. Wolfgang Michaelis. 214651/81 – POW. Born 28.09.1922 in Halle/Saale.

Radio/Op: Obergefreiter. Adolf Kreiser. 67450/1565 – POW. Born 24.03.1923 in Ulm.

Flt/Engineer: Unteroffizier. Konrad Keusch. 214651/69 – POW. Born 22.11.1919 in Roeschitz/Horn.

Gunner: Feldwebel. Ernst Graf. 55531/108 – Missing. Born 15.12.1920 in Trier.

Gunner: Unteroffizier. Rolf Luce. 55531/109 – Killed. Born 21.12.1919 in Arnsberg.


This aircraft was shot down by F/Lt P. F. L. Hall and F/O R. D. Marriott in a Mosquito of No.488 (NZ) Squadron.

This tree and memorial mark the point of impact at the crash site (net

Extract from A.D.I. (k) Report No.97/1944.

Whilst approaching the target at a height of about 12,000 feet, this aircraft was attacked by a night fighter. The underside of the fuselage caught fire and the aircraft crashed in flames, the Observer, Radio Operator and Flt Engineer baled out. This crew's previous operation was when they took part in an attack on London on or about the 18th February when, however, they turned back before reaching the target. They had been in France for about two weeks before which they had been in training at Lechfeld.

1 He 177 Lamberhurst 24.02.44
R.A.F. Officer inspects the remains of Oblt. Hundt's He 177 at Chequers Farm

3 Luce
Rolf Luce (Hall)

4 Grave markers
The original CWGC grave markers for Rolf Luce & Wilhelm Hundt were found tucked away in a store cupboard recently (net)

5 Memorial

6 Memorial
Crash site memorial at Lamberhurst Golf Club (net)

Burial detail:

7 Cannock Chase Cemetery
The German Cemetery at Cannock Chase.

Deutsche Soldatenfriedhof Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, England.

Oblt. Hundt, Block 1. Grave 5 and Uffz. Luce Block 1. Grave 4