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    Default 7 Illogan Unknown Airmen

    Hello,
    There are seven Unknown Airmen at rest in Illogan Cemetery.
    Row 1
    Grave No.10 - B/17/01/1942.
    Row 1
    Grave No. 11 - B/04/02/1942.
    Row 2
    Grave No. 2 - 31/07/1942 Collective grave ,3 Airmen.
    Row 2
    Grave No. 3 - B/15/07/1942.
    Row 2
    Grave No. 6 - B/13/12/1942.

    Have any of these Airmen been identified yet ?
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    Default Re: 7 Illogan Unknown Airmen

    Alex - looks like no - I suspect all were bodies washed up locally from either RAF or Luftwaffe crashes into the Sea - I would have thought that

    Row 1
    Grave No.10 - B/17/01/1942.
    Row 1
    Grave No. 11 - B/04/02/1942.

    COULD I SAY COULD be some of the 3 still missing crew of Z9040
    https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/140407

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    There were three Luftwaffe airmen but they were removed to another place of rest.
    The three from Z9040 would look promising, but expect that to get a dna match could prove difficult as present day decendants would be hard to trace.
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    Default Re: 7 Illogan Unknown Airmen

    Hello

    The Illogan Parish Register on ancestry.co.uk has the following:


    Unknown German Airman - found at Sennen - buried July 4th 1941

    Unknown German Airman - found at Sennen - buried July 4th 1941

    Unknown German Airman - found at Sennen - buried July 4th 1941

    Kurt Haag (German Airman) - found at Sennen - buried July 4th 1941

    NB - there is a typewritten letter added to this page of the Register, dated 15.1.85 asking for details of these four German burials at Illogan, with the following names listed, all d. July 3rd 1941:

    Kurt Haag
    Otto Schwarz
    Bruno Aufdemgarten
    Heinz Leuscher

    Unknown British Airman - found at Sennen - buried Jan 17th 1942

    Unknown British Airman - found at Vault Beach, Gorran Haven - buried February 4th 1942

    Unknown R.A.F. Airman - found off Fowey - buried July 6th 1942

    Unknown R.A.F. Airman - found off Fowey - buried July 6th 1942

    Unknown R.A.F. Airman - found off Fowey - buried July 6th 1942

    Unknown R.A.F. Airman - found at Porthowan - buried July 18th 1942

    Unknown German Airman - found at St Just - buried September 30th 1942

    Unknown German Airman - found at St Just - buried September 30th 1942

    Unknown German Airman - found at St Just - buried September 30th 1942

    NB - once again there is a typewritten letter added to this page of the Register, dated 19.9.84 asking for details of these last three burials at Illogan during the War, with the following names listed:

    Georg Lohmann d. June 24th 1941*
    Ferdinand Handel, d. September 26th 1942
    Erwin Eupsch, d. September 26th 1942
    Friedrich Schutte, d. September 26th 1942

    *LOHMAN Georg - body found Cadjwith Ruan Minor - buried June 30th 1941

    Unknown Airman - found at Portreath (possible member of Beaufort DD980) - buried December 13th 1942

    There is a typewritten note attached to this entry with "possibly: Flight Lieutenant Stanislaw Kimrich (Czech)"

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    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 16th June 2022 at 13:55. Reason: typo
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    Default Re: 7 Illogan Unknown Airmen

    "possibly: Flight Lieutenant Stanislaw Kimrich (Czech)" I think maybe actually - but his body washed up elswhere

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislav_Zimprich


    Still with 310 Squadron as a Flight Lieutenant, 26 year-old Zimprich died on 12 April 1942[2] during a combat training exercise using on-board cine cameras with six other 310 Squadron Spitfires near Perranporth airfield in Cornwall. He was flying Spitfire BL497, and appeared to make a mock attack, coming from the port side rear of Spitfire AD420[3] flown by Sergeant Stanislav Halama. He clipped the tail of Halama’s aircraft causing it to go into a vertical dive and crash into Gear Sands, killing the pilot. Zimprich’s Spitfire was seen to be flying very low from the sandhills towards the beach, its undercarriage up, but with its flaps down and the engine cut. Zimprich overshot the beach and landed in the sea, close to the shore. For some minutes, shore observers saw the tail of the Spitfire sticking out from the sea and a dark object, wearing a life jacket, floating away from it. An attempt was made to form a human chain to reach the aircraft but the people were beaten back by the sea. Zimprich’s body was washed up near Combe Martin on 20 July.

    F/L Stanislav Zimprich was buried in St Augustine’s Churchyard, Heanton Punchardon, North Devon, on 22 July 1942.[4]

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