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Cpl. Joachim Wolfgang Richter .     Luftwaffe Kampfgeschwader 53 (d.9th August 1942)

He-111 H-6 (7492) of Kampfgeschwader (Condor Legion) 53 was shot down and crashed at Worthing, Sussex on the evening of 9th August 1942. Five Germans were killed and are buried in Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery in Plot 4, Row 8:

  • Uffz. (Sgt) Horst Grosse-Heitmeyer (grave 242)
  • Gefr. (L/Cpl) Guenter Gruessner (grave 243)
  • Obergefr. (Cpl) Joachim Wolfgang Richter (grave 247)
  • Obergefr. (Cpl) Ferdinand Dolezal (grave 245)
  • Uffz. (Sgt) Albin Johann Adam Kielmann (grave 246)




  • Lance Cpl. Ernst Rudek .     German Army guard Stalag 8b

    I have a letter sent to my father Vivian'Smoky' Hibbens, a pilot in the RAAF, from a German Lance Corporal Ernst Rudek written on 10th July 1947 who was a guard at Stalag VIIIB who got to know my father on the Death March. He speaks of the time they fossicked for food together in the Croatian and American Prisoner of War Camps and bought vegetables for my father's mates, and of a 'Certificate' my father wrote for him at the brickworks at Falkenau when the prisoners were handed over to new guards. He wrote . . . "There were good and bad on both sides - and from my actions at that time, you knew where my sympathies lay". I believe this is the same man that later contacted my father through the war office and whom he flew to Melbourne to meet 25 years later in the late 1960's.

    Jennifer F. Hibbens









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