16.10.1940 2./Kgr.126 Heinkel He 111H-4 Wnr.5709 Lt. Newald. Location: Creaseys Farm, Hutton, near Brentwood, Essex.
Mission: Minelaying over Thames Estuary, England.

Date: 16th October 1940

Time: 02.15 a.m.

Unit: 2 Staffel./Kampfgruppe 126

Type: Heinkel He 111H-4


Code: 1T + BB

Location: Creaseys Farm, Hutton near Brentwood, Essex, England.

Pilot: Leutnant. Kurt Newald. Erk. 53577/? – Captured POW.

Observer: Unteroffizier. Konrad Gläser. Erk. 53577/? – Killed.
Born 06.06.1916.

Radio/Op: Gefreiter. Hans-Joachim Granetz. Erk. 53577/? – Captured POW.

Flt/Eng: Gefreiter. Johann Twrdik. Erk. 53577/? – Killed.
Born 06.09.1918.


Probably started from Jever, crossing the English Coast between Ipswich and Norwich but experienced heavy amounts of AA fire and were forced to turn back three times. Whilst flying at 9,000 feet they were attacked from below by a night fighter, filling the whole aircraft with splinters, killing the flight engineer and hitting an engine. The pilot and observer baled out.
The aircraft dived into the ground, caught fire and exploded, completely destroying the aircraft.

This aircraft was shot down by P/O F. D. Hughes and Sgt F. Gash in a No.264 Squadron Defiant night fighter and crashed at 02.15 hours at Creaseys Farm, Hutton.

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Original newspaper cutting showing crash site of Kurt Newald’s Heinkel He 111. (Archive).

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The surviving pilot in Luftwaffe uniform. (Newald).

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Recovery carried out by the Essex Aviation Group during 1978. (EAG).

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Kurt Newald visits the Essex Aviation Group museum to see parts from his aircraft. (EAG).

Burial detail:

Both airman originally buried in the Hornchurch Cemetery, Essex.
Later transferred to the Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, England.
Konrad Gläser Block 1, Row 11, Grave 445 and Hans Twrdik Block 1, Grave 363.

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The last resting place for Johann Twrdik at peaceful Cannock Chase German Cemetery. (Forscher).

The observer, Konrad Gläser’s last resting place also at Cannock Chase. (Forscher).
Researched by Melvin Brownless with special thanks to Nigel Parker, Essex Aviation Group, Kurt Newald and not forgetting Forscher for their contributions in constructing this page of remembrance. 2020.

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