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Archive Report: Axis Forces
1914-1918   1935-1945

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Operation: Croydon Aerodrome, London, England

Date: 15th August 1940 (Thursday)

Time: 19:10 hrs

Unit: 1 Staffel/Erprobungs Gruppe 210

Type: Messerschmitt Bf 110C-6

Werke/Nr. Unknown

Code: S9 + TH

Location: Broadbridge Farm, Smallfield, Horley, Surrey.

Pilot: Leutnant Erich Beudel Killed.

Radio/Op: Obergefreiter Otto Jordan Killed

This aircraft was shot down by Fl/Lt. Stanley Dudley Pierce Connors Connors and Sgt. Thomas Young Wallace of No.111 Squadron following the attack on Croydon aerodrome. Crashed at Broadbridge Farm with the crew still on board.

The wreckage of the S9 + TH at Broadbridge Farm had many .303 strikes

Burial details:

Erich Beudel. Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery. Lt Beudel Block 1 Grave 239. Son of Moriz and Valerie Beudel (née Teschner)

Ogfr Jordan. Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery. Lt Beudel Block 1 Grave 240.

Grave photo courtesy Forscher, Kracker Luftwaffe Archives.

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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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