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22/23.02.1944 16./KG2 Messerschmitt Me 410A Wnr. (unknown) Lt. Mueller Location: Radnage, near High Wycombe, Bucks, England.
Mission: Night attack on London, England.

Date: 22/23rd February 1944

Time: 00.45 hours.

Unit: 16 Staffel./Kampfgeschwader 2

Type: Messerschmitt Me 410A

Werke/Nr. Unknown.

Code: Unknown.

Location: Andridge Farm, Radnage near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England.

Pilot: Leutnant. Felix Mueller. – Killed Born 03.10.1909 in Boehlitz-Ehrenberg.

Radio/Op: Gefreiter. Karl-Heinz Borowski. – Killed. Born 25.11.1924 in Wilhelmshaven.

1-raf-gaydon-1969-me-410 Messerschmitt Me 410 similar to that crashed at Radnage. This a/c pictured at R.A.F. Gaydon, 1969 (net)


REASON FOR LOSS:

Slough, Site SM7 (Anti-Aircraft) engagement with Me 410 at 11,800 feet, 42 rounds of 3.7 in ammunition fired. Enemy aircraft banked sharply, jettisoned bombs & flares near by and flew on in the direction of High Wycombe.
A.I.(k) Report states that the aircraft was observed approaching from the North at a low altitude. The engines were heard to rev up, and the aircraft suddenly dived into the ground and caught fire. There was no explosion, but the wreckage was spread over a wide area. The remains of the two members of the crew were found in neighbouring fields. Feldpost Nr. 52371 = KG2, 16 Staffel & KG51, 6 Staffel.

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Crash site location marked with X (Brownless)

This aircraft was recovered by the Chiltern Historical Aircraft Preservation Group during 1971. One Daimler Benz DB601 engine, propeller blade and other parts un-earthed. DB601 now in private collection. NOTE: Photos of this excavation will appear in our archaeology section very shortly.

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Excavation by the CHAPG at Radnage during October/November 1971 - This MG 131 barbette mounted gun was destroyed by the police (King).

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The DB603 deeply embedded with chalk at point of recovery from its resting place in the Chilton hill side.


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23 years missing following its theft from Booker, the engine photographed in July 2017.

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A Bundesarchiv photo showing the MG131 installation in the Me 210, forerunner of the Me 410 (BA)

Burial details:

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This crew are all laid to rest in the Deutsche Soldatenfriedhof Cannock Chase, Staffs.

Felix Mueller Block 5, Row 18, Grave 422 Karl-Heinz Borowski Block 5, Row 18, Grave 421. Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless, thanks to David King for his contribution from his archive concerning CHAPG. Updated July 2014