Re the above;
My father James Hopkins was the Flight engineer on this aircraft which was hit by flak on its return from ops on Berlin on 31/8/43.It was on three engines and off course due to a mis-aligned compass. My father,Jack Leicester(navigator) and the Wireless op? were able to bale out,sadly the rest of the crew perished as did wireless op who died from burns several days later. Both my father and jack Leicester are in good health. Harry Shinkfield 77 squadron secretary kindly informed my father re the recovery. The recovery of the aircraft was supervised by a Dr Wachtel, who I cannot thank enough for his interest and co-operation, keeping my father informed.The local Newspaper at the recovery site The Dattelner Morgen Post have run many stories on the incident and again the reporter concerned, Bjorn Korte, has been most helpful. Only the Birmingham Evening Mail in the UK has thought the story to be newsworthy.
Although the pilot,P/O Wilson ( Australian )has a grave at Klieve I understand that his remains were found in the wreckage and Dr Wachtel has made efforts to trace relatives,It is hoped there will be an appropriate interment in due course
I will ask my father to post some information on this site as clearly he can speak with more authority than I can !
Trying to peace together the full story of the demise of JD413.
I am a aviation history buff from Australia, and my lady is a daughter from the second marriage of the wife of the pilot Flt/Lt John Wilson.
Over the years, not much has come down this way, and when the aircraft remains were found, it appeared as if the RAAF could not find John Wilson's son.
I am most anxious to make contact with Dr Wachtel, who appears to have played a major role in the recovery.
Can anyone tell me how I can make contact with him.
Any other feedback on this shoot down would be appreciated
Col Tigwell email email@example.com