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German Death Card of Erich Schiml (Killed over England)

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  1. Heartfeltzero

    Heartfeltzero Active Member

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    Erich was a Obergefreiter in the Luftwaffe and served as a Radio Operator. The card states he went on a mission with his combat squadron over London and was killed in action on March 22 1944. Based on the date he would have been involved in Operation Steinbock. He is buried in England. Unfortunately I don’t have much info on his specific unit, plane type etc. I’ve hit some roadblocks with researching him.
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    Kai-Petri Kenraali

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    What I have read Adolf ordered all kind of bombers to this offensive. And Luftwaffe responded. Could have been a He 111 or a Condor.
     
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    Heartfeltzero Active Member

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    Someone else on a different site was able to help me find more info. Here is all the info.

    Mission: Attack on London, England.
    Date: 22nd March 1944
    Time: 1.10 a.m.

    Unit: 2 Staffel./Kampfgeschwader 6 Type: Junkers Ju 188 E-1

    Werke/Nr.260326

    Coded: 3E+BK

    Location: Near Butlers Farm, Shopland, Essex, England.

    Pilot: Leutnant. Guenter Lahl. - Killed.

    Observer: Unteroffizier. Julius Fromm. - Killed.

    Radio/Op: Obergefreiter. Erich Schiml. - Killed.

    Gunner: Unteroffizier. Rudolf Budrat. Killed.

    Gunner: Unteroffizier. Erwin Kosch. - Captured POW.

    REASON FOR LOSS:

    Aircraft shot down by S/L E. N. Bunting DFC and F/Lt C. P. Reed DFC in a Mosquito Mk.XIII of No. 488 Squadron. Mosquito crew were directed to a contact, which was Ju 188 E-1 of 2./KG 6. Mosquito chased e/a through tight turns and steep climbs before firing multiple bursts from 250 yards astern. E/A crashed and exploded near Butlers Farm, Shopland, Essex, with four crew killed in action and one prisoner of war.

    Burial detail:

    Deutsche Soldatenfriedhof Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, England.
     
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    Well, like the info in a way. .
     

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