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He 111H-16 serial number 110304 shot down over the
North Sea 25/11 1944.
The aircraft belonged to 1./ KG 53 and was coded A1+BH.
T/o Flh Varelbusch. OP: V1 against London.
The He 111 had just launched the V 1 it had carried under ist starboard wing and
was now on ist way back to Varelbusch flying at 900 ft. The He 111 was tracked
on radar and Mosquito HK290 of 456 Squadron coded RX-J was vectored towards it
at 04:45 hrs. The He 111 was on a easterly heading weaving constantly and at the
same time altering height. The Moscuito flown by pilot F/O F. S. Stevens and
navigator F/O W. A. H. Kellett both of RAAF got visual contact at 800 ft range to
the target that was now flying at 500 ft. When the He 111 made a violent
starboard turn, the Mosquito lost contact and made a half orbit and regained
contact. The He 111 was now flying at 900 ft and opened fire twice at 800 ft
range without hitting the Mosquito. At 600 ft range the Mosquito opened fire
with a two second burst and the Heinkels port engine caught fire. Closing in to
150 ft, the Mosquito fired another two second burst that hit the Heinkel in the
fuselage. The Heinkel went down in a shallow dive, flames from the port engine
The aircraft hit the water and the wreckage bounched over the surface leaving a
sea of flame.
The He 111 crashed at 05:09 hrs about 10 kilometers west of Egmond aan Zee
killing the crew of five.
Pilot Feldwebel Kurt Hillmann was found washed ashore on 27/11 in the vicinity
of beach pole 16 near the coastal village of Callantsoog and was laid to rest in
Huisduinen cemetery near Den Helder on 30/11 1944.
Air gunner Unteroffizier Josef Jauernig was washed ashore on the Dutch coast on
26/11 and was laid to rest in Bergen on 28/11 1944.
They have both been reinterred at Ysselstein cemetery after the war.
Wop Feldwebel Ludwig Klaiber was found washed ashore on the Danish west coast
believed on 31/12 or 1/1 and was laid to rest in Esbjerg Fovrfelt cemetery on
Navigator Unteroffizier Rudolf Martin and Engineer Unteroffizier Jürgen Hauser
has no known graves.
Sources: Hans Nauta, AIR 50/157 and Kriegstagebuch des Marinebefehlshaber in den
Niederlanden via Hans Nauta.
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