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    Grue_'s Avatar Senior Member
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    My father saw a Bf-109 crash in Sep 1940 near his home (now my home) and I'm wondering if I can find out who the pilot was.

    According to dad, the plane was on fire and in a flat spin (he said it was coming down very slowly and turning). It crashed in Wickham Street in Welling, Kent and was not badly damaged. Unfortunately the pilot was killed because his parachute caught fire - he landed very close to his aircraft.

    The pilot was buried at Bexleyheath Cemetery with military honours (dad read about this in the local paper) and was later transferred to the German cemetery at Cannock Chase.

    He also remembers that the pilot was not of senior rank. The crash site is now a block of garages.

    Does anyone know of any sources where I can maybe find anything out? Failing that maybe I can contact the cemetery and find out if they have any records.
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    I bet you could find out from your local Library or even more possibly your Council. My library has been very helpful with things like this, so i wouldrecommend go to your library. Hope this helped
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    You could always try this site,they are very helpful on here if you ask. http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?s=462...08d643112f&forumid=4
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    Hi,

    May be worth trying here:

    http://www.aviationarchaeology.org.uk/

    Best Regards,
    MB_Avro
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    Would this be any good?

    Combat Claims and Casulties lists.

    http://www.lesbutler.ip3.co.uk/tony/tonywood.htm
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    I´ve been told that the best information comes from the RedCross. But, maybe this only relates to those seeking family members. I believe the Red Cross was responsible for sorting out the dead on both sides.

    I'd like to hear any info you do find.

    Fritz
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    Some news from Bexleyheath Cemetery...

    'The record we have is that Albert Friedmann 2nd Lieut German Air Force aged 26 on the 20.10.1940 Place of death Gibsons Farm Wickham Street.

    And W Krohn pilot in German Air Force who died on 4.11.1940 at Coldblow Bexley.

    They where both Exhumed in 1962 and where re-interred in German War Cemetery Cannock Chase Stafford.'

    I'm not sure whether to go any further?
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    Also Grue a Ju88 crashed at Fanny on the Hill on the Cemetary side of Wickham lane heading to Plumstead, most of the aircraft were shot down by flak placed ontop of Bostall Heath Field over looking the Thames from East to West as they come up the river.
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    Originally posted by Grue_:
    My father saw a Bf-109 crash in Sep 1940 near his home (now my home) and I'm wondering if I can find out who the pilot was.
    I'll shamelessly plug my forum, if you post this question you'll have a 80% chance of getting a full answer, especially if you can narrow down the date etc.

    Suggest however that you register under your real name.

    http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/

    Best to post the questIOn under on the Luftwaffe and AxiS Air Forces forum.

    Good luck!

    P.S. You'd probably also have a good chance if you dig into The Battle of Britain Then and Now, by Ramsey (editor). Either way you need a specific location and if possible date.

    EDIT - spelling
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    Grue_'s Avatar Senior Member
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    Are you a local Alpha? I live in Okehampton Crescent.

    Thanks Ruy I'll give that a try.
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