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Mission: Escort sortie.

Date: 6
th September 1939

Unit: 1 Staffel./Zerstörergeschwader 1

Type: Messerschmitt Bf 110C-1

Werke/Nr. (not known).

Coded: 2N + IH

Location: Poland.

Pilot: Major. Karl Hammes (Staffelkapitän) - Killed.

Radio/Op: Oberfeldwebel. Walter Steffen - Captured.


On the morning of the 6th September 1939 aircrew of 1./ZG1 were detailed to fly an escort mission for Ju 87 "Stukas".

The German aircraft came under attack from Polish P.11c fighters and during this combat Major. Hammes Bf110 recieved hits and was seen to go down in a shallow glide. Although effecting a good belly landing Major. Hammes died of wounds sustained and was originally laid to rest in a field grave next to his aircraft. Radio operator Ofw. Steffen was also wounded and taken into captivity by the Poles, returning to Germany when the Polish campaign was concluded.

06.09.1939 Bf110C-1 2N+IH Major Karl Hammes 1ZG1 x1
Major. Hammes Bf 110 pictured in relatively good condition after the landing,

06.09.1939 Bf110C-1 2N+IH Major Karl Hammes 1ZG1 x2
Another view of the cockpit area (Archive)

Field grave of Major. Hammes x3
The original field grave of Major. Karl Hammes (Vasco).

Burial details:

None found on German (VDK) website.

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless A.R. Society with thanks to John Vasco, July 2012.
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