15.08.1940 6./ZG 26 Messerschmitt Me 110C-4 (Wnr.?) Fw. Birndorfer Location: North Ashey Down, Isle of Wight, England. +
Mission: Bomber escort. Attack on Middle Wallop, Hampshire, England.

Date: 15
th August 1940

Time: 18.06 hours.

Unit: 6 Staffel./Zerstoerergeschwader 76

Type: Messerschmitt Me 110C-4

Werke/Nr. (Not recorded).

Coded: M8 + BP

Location: North Ashey Down, Isle of Wight, England.

Pilot: Feldwebel. Jakob Birndorfer. 63143/9 – Killed. (Believed shot by soldiers after landing).

Radio/Op: Unteroffizier. Max Guschewski. 63143/? – Injured. POW.


This aircraft was attacked by fighters flown by F/O Ostraszewski of No.609 Squadron and P/O Zurakowski of No.234 Squadron. Messerschmitt was badly damaged in the attacks and the pilot made a good forced landing.

RAF intelligence reported the following details; Markings: B in yellow, Red and white design on nose. Engines DB 601 made at Genshagen-Kr. Armament: Four MG17, two 20 mm cannon, and one MG15. The unit was deduced from the aircrafts code letters.

(1) Birndorfer 2
Original pendant style framed photo of Jakob Birndorfer. (Berring)

(2) Birndorfer 001
Family Birndorfer death notice. (Berring)

(3) Cannock Chase entrance

Burial detail:

Jakob Birndorfer now rests at the Deutsche Soldatenfriedhof Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, England.

(4) Cannock Chase

(5) Birndorfer
Block 7 Grave 259. (Brownless)

Researched by Melvin Brownless with special thanks to Nigel Parker, Christian Berring and H.J.T. Leal. June 2017