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Archive Report: Axis Forces
1914-1918   1935-1945

Compiled from official National Archive and Service sources, contemporary press reports, personal logbooks, diaries and correspondence, reference books, other sources, and interviews.
02.09.1940 Stab II./ZG 76 Bf110C M8+DM 3226 Oblt. Karl Wrede

Operation: Escort

Date: 02nd September 1940 (Monday)

Unit: No. Stab II./ZG 76

Type: BF110C

Werke No: 3226

Code: MB+DM

Location: Frith Farm, Billericay, Essex

Pilot: Oblt. Karl Wrede Age 25. Killed

W/Op/Air Gnr: Uffz. Richard Kukawka Age 24. Killed


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.

Burial details:

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.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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