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Memorial details

Memorial type
Stone of remembrance
District
Test Valley
Town
Kings Somborne
County
Hampshire
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Dedicated
    Date: Spring 1951
    Attended by: UNKNOWN
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
21495
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

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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 for all 4 names
Commemorations
  • 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
Components
  • Stone of remembrance
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
Listing information
Condition
Costs

Site: Donated

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
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.
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