24.02.1942 6./NJG1 Messerschmitt Bf 110 Wnr.3737 Lt. Birkenstock Location: 3 km. E. of Bremen airfield, Germany. +
Mission: Transport flight to Lueneburg, Germany.

Date: 24th February 1942

Unit: 6 Staffel./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1

Type: Messerschmitt Bf110

Werke Nr.3737

Code: G9 + AP

Location: 3 km E of Bremen airfield, Germany.

Pilot: Leutnant. Hans-Jorg Birkenstock 60932/23 - Injured. Born 25.12.1919 in Darmstadt.

Radio/Op: Unteroffizier. Johann Weiker B65201/127 - Injured. Born 06.07.1922 in Krieglach/Steiermark.

Gunner: Oberfeldwebel. Gerhard Lange 1/ZG76/15 - Injured. Born 04.10.1914 in Strassburg.


Starboard engine caught fire shortly after take-off. Aircraft attempted to return to airfield but starboard wingtip hit the ground and aircraft crashed, all three crew members were injured.

Note: Hans-Jorg Birkenstock was later killed in action on the 19.05.44, during combat over St.Vith, 25 km S of Malmedy, Belgium in a Messerschmitt Bf110G-4 Wnr.730102 (2Z + BB) of I./NJG6.

Johann Weiker was also killed later in the war on the 20.10.43 in a Messerschmitt Bf110 of 4/NJG6.

J. Weiker NJG 1
Uffz. Johann Weiker + 20.10.1943 (Hall)

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless and Steven Hall. February 2011

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