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Mission: Defence of the Reich.

Date: 22
nd December 1943

Time: 15.15 hours.

Unit: 8 Staffel./Zerstoerergeschwader 26

Type: Messerchmitt Bf 110G-2


Coded: 8 + (Black)

Location: 2km NW of Witmarsum, Friesland, Netherlands.

Pilot: Feldwebel. Cyprian Gropper. Born 27.09.1917. – Killed.

Radio/Op: Unteroffizier. Heinrich Lange – Injured.


This aircraft crashed following combat with fighters, no further details known.

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Cyprian Gropper pictured during training (Matthe).

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Survivor, Youthful Uffz. Heinrich Lange (Matthe).

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Cyprian Gropper pictured in flight gear (Matthe). The death notice of Cyprian (Matthe).

Burial details: German Military cemetery, Ysselsteyn, Netherlands.

Block AR. Row 2. Grave 45.

Researched by Melvin Brownless with thanks to Mike Matthe and Matti Salonen (March) 2013.