02.09.1940 Stab II./ZG 76 Bf110C M8+DM 3226 Oblt. Karl Wrede
Date: 02nd September 1940 (Monday)
Unit: No. Stab II./ZG 76
Werke No: 3226
Location: Frith Farm, Billericay, Essex
Pilot: Oblt. Karl Wrede Age 25. Killed
W/Op/Air Gnr: Uffz. Richard Kukawka Age 24. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
There were Luftwaffe raids on both the morning and afternoon on this day. The morning raids targeted various RAF airfields. The afternoon raids were directed at the London dock area.
However none of the Squadron reports or Battle of Britain Historical sites mentions this occurrence. It leads to conjecture that this Bf110 was not shot down by aircraft but possibly it was hit by Anti-Aircraft guns. Frequently AA gun sites could not identify where an aircraft crashed.
Oblt. Karl Wrede. Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery. Plot 1. Row 10. Grave 371. Born on 02nd May 1915.
Uffz. Richard Kukawka. Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery. Plot 1. Row 10. Grave 373. Born on 11th February 1916
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Eric Lamb and the Basildon Heritage and Museum Group for information and photographs.