13.05.1940 12./LG1 Junkers Ju 87B-1 Wnr.5513 Uffz. Bienk. Location: Werkendam, Netherlands. (Holland).
Mission: Attack on the Netherlands.

Date: 13th May 1940

Unit: 12 Staffel./Lehrgeschwader 1

Type: Junkers Ju 87B-1

Werke/Nr. 5513

Code: L1 + HW

Location: Werkendam, Netherlands. (Holland).

Pilot: Unteroffizier. Wilhelm Bienk. 53613/10 – Captured.

Radio/Op: Gefreiter. Günther Langner. 53613/19 – Killed. Born February 28th 1920 in Breslau.

The Ju 87 'Stuka' may have been the first victory for the Spitfire pilot F/O G. A. Brown of No.66 Squadron. After the plane was attacked and shot down, it landed under Werkendam in the so-called polder Bogers. The pilot Wilhelm Bienk knew that his plane is damaged in time and baled out with his parachute, after he was captured by Dutch soldiers, he was released by the Germans a few days later. His Bordfunker, Gefreiter Günther Langner died in the burnt part of the Stuka and was buried on May 16, 1940 in Werkendam, later his remains were taken to the Military Cemetery "Zuijlen" in Breda. After the war he was reburied in the German cemetery in IJsslsteyn Block AZ, Row II, Grave No. 27.
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Luftwaffe report from Gilze-Rijen reports the loss. (Jolie).

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Three images showing the burnt out wreck of the L1 + HW. (Jolie).

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The last resting place of gefreiter. Langer. Ijsselsteyn, Netherlands. (Jolie).

Researched by Jan Jolie and compiled by Melvin Brownless. (2020).

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