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Heinkel 111J serial number 5169 ditched in the North Sea off
Denmark 11/5 1940
The aircraft belonged to 2.KüFlGr. 806 and was coded M7+BK
The He 111 was badly damaged by escort Hudsons of No. 224 Squadron with crew P/O Bradshaw, P/O Greenway, and P/O Hurley during attack on British naval flotilla RZ.
On its way back to base it radioed at 16:29 hrs that it was making a forced landing in the North Sea off Denmark but did not ask for assistance.
Apparently the ditching did not go well and the aircraft was a 100 % loss.
Beobachter Leutnant zur See Heinz Brücker and Bordmechanicher Fw Friedrich Berges have no know graves.
Bordfunker Feldwebel Rainer Herchenbach was found washed ashore on Tornby beach on 24/7-1940 and was laid to rest in Hjørring cemetery on 26/7 1940.
Flugzeug Führer Unteroffizier Wolfgang Kirschbaum was found washed ashore by Hansted and was laid to rest in Hansted cemetery on 24/7.
Guard of honour at the beach where Kirschbaum was found washed up
Herchenbach and Kirchbaum were both transferred to Grove cemetery in November 1967.
Sources: Jens Andersen / Museumscenter Hanstholm, Peter Cornwell, Matti
Salonen, KTB KFG 806, Parish Register Hjørring.
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