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Newport's War Dead

formerly Newport, Monmouthshire, UK

 

Newport's German War Dead

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Listed are the names of the three aircrew of the German Heinkel 111P-2 bomber that died when it crashed on the 13th September 1940 onto 32 Stow Park Avenue killing 17 year old Malcolm Phillips and his 14 year old sister Myrtle. Malcolm Phillips survived the initial crash of the bomber but after checking that his parents were safe, then in an act of tremendous bravery went back to rescue his sister where she had been spending the night but sadly they both died and are buried together at Newport's Jewish cemetery.

The Heinkel 111P-2 bomber was the first recorded loss to a Barrage Balloon in the UK and the unit was based at Tredegar House in the grounds of Tredegar Park. 966 Balloon Squadron RAF were based at this location and after hitting the cable and spinning around it the aircraft managed to fly further on, fouling a second cable and it continued on until it crashed in Stow Park Avenue killing the Phillips children and three of the crew. The pilot Oberleutnant Harry Wappler managed to bale out and was arrested in Queens Street, off Cardiff Road.

Harry Wappler

Oberleutnant Harry Wappler

To read a more detailed account of the Barrage Balloon Squadron and the incident which includes one of the radio stars of the day then please CLICK HERE

and for the details of the bombing raid that Harry Wappler and his crew set out to perform on that night then please

CLICK HERE

 

Oberleutnant Harry Wappler became a PoW at the German PoW camp  No.  13 Shap Wells, Cumbria.

To read the story of his almost escape and getaway from the UK, click the link below....

The One or Two that almost got away!

 

Photographs of the German headstones are courtesy of The War Graves Photographic Project

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This is the Heinkel 111P2 bomber that crashed onto 32 Stow Park Avenue killing three of the crew and the two Phillips children. The photo was taken in 1939 and the person on the far left looks very much like Oberfeldwebal Johannes Elster, Wireless Operator of the aircraft.

 

German War Dead
Headstone

Lange, Willy, 18th July 1918. German Army. Soldier, Cannock Chase German War Cemetery, Block 15, Grave 41.

 

 

 

 

Headstone Brandt. Willy, 29th November 1918, German Army, Soldier, Cannock Chase German War Cemetery, Block 15, Grave 40.






Fritz Bernt on release from French capture, 1940 Berndt, Fritz, 24, 13th September 1940, German Air Force (Luftwaffe), Navigator, 62693-23, Unteroffizier,  Airman, Cannock Chase German War Cemetery, Block 7, grave 295   

Headstone for Fritz Berngt and Herbert Okuneck



Johannes Elster, May 1940

Elster, Johannes, 34, 13th September 1940, German Air Force (Luftwaffe), Wireless Operator, Oberfeldwebel, Airman, Cannock Chase German War Cemetery, Block 7, grave 294

Johannes Elster's headstone

 

Headstone for Fritz Berngt and Herbert Okuneck Okuneck, Herbert, 28, 13th September 1940, German Air Force (Luftwaffe), Bomb Aimer, 62693-95, Unteroffizier, Airman, Cannock Chase German War Cemetery, Block 7, grave 296 
 

 

Block 7

Block 7 where the three air crew are buried

 

Shaun McGuire 2008