Farley Mount German Airmen

WM reference
21495
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Ceremony
  • Dedicated : Spring 1951
Current location

Besides an old Roman road from Hoplands Farm towards Farley Mount
Hoplands Farm
Kings Somborne
Test Valley
Hampshire
SO20 6QL
England
OS Grid Ref.: SU 37711 29836
Denomination: Undefined

Description

Stone of remembrance with carved inscription. Rectangular plaque affixed to the bottom of the stone.

Inscription

TO/ 4/ UNKNOWN GERMAN/ AIRMEN/ AUG. 23 1940 Plaque (line breaks not known): THE GERMAN CREW OF FOUR OF A JUNKERS 88 BELONGING TO STAFFEL I OF KAMPFGESCHWADER 54 WHICH TOOK OFF FROM EVREUX, WEST OF PARIS EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON OF 21 AUGUST 1940. THIS CREW COMPRISED (Names).

Inscription legible?

Yes

Names on memorial

Becker, Franz
Birkenstock, Max
Freude, Gerhard
Schulze, Rudolph
See details

Subject/Period

Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 4
Served and returned: 0
Died: 4
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Rank, forename, surname
Order of information: Undefined

Component

Stone of remembrance
Condition: Good
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Stone
Listed?: No

Component

Plaque
Condition: Good
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Metal
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Dedicated
Date: Spring 1951
Attended by: UNKNOWN

Costs

Site: Donated
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: None

Trust fund/Scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Unknown or N/A
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Unknown or N/A

Notes

Brass plaque attached to the stone in c.October 2010

Reference

Britain at War Feb. 2012 Detailed account of the shooting down of Junkers Ju88A-1 of 1 Gruppe KG54 on 21 August 1940 (note error on inscription), and identification of the airmen as Gerhard Freude, Franz Becker, Max-Dankwart Birkenstock and Rudolf Schulze. Between 1948 and 1950 it was twice proposed that a memorial cross be erected in the parish churchyard, but the second proposal was narrowly defeated at a parish meeting.

Reference

Our Blog http://ukniwm.wordpress.com/2008/02/27/i-am-the-enemy-you-killed-my-friend/

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