Translation of German articles that appeared in German newspapers



Translation of German articles that appeared in German newspapers


Translation of two articles about Philip Jenkinson aircraft being shot down and after the war trying to find the location of the crash. Notes that he was amongst party of prisoners of war taken to view damage by bombing in Munich. Annotated 'From 10 Squadron Magazine'.



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The following is a translation of two articles which appeared in German newspapers on 17.9.93. (“Buchloer Zeitung” and “Landsberge”) It was sent in by Hans Gruminger who is mentioned in the articles.

“Wrackteile liegen heute noch im Wald Wreck parts lie still today in the forest. Fuchstal: Philipp Jenkinson survived 50 years back to the crash of his aircraft.
From our employee Andreas Hoehne

It is to thank to a line of coincidences, that the 70 years old farmer Philipp Jenkinson could celebrate an extra ordinary jubilee at the single farm Aschthal, west of Leeder. Nearly exactly 50 years back, at 7 September 1943, the Englishmen survived the crash of his Halifax-bomber and came down with the parachutenear [sic] to the third of the Welden-fishlakes.

At the evening before around at 7 P.m. The aircraft started with a force of 400 bombers from Yorkshire to a bombing raid to Munich. For easier orientation (identification) of the course, the route was selected over the Lake Constance and Ammer-Lake. About at 00.30 hours, a nightfighter [sic] from Lechfeld fired against the Halifax. The pilot was able to hold the burning aircraft until 5 of the crew of seven could bale out. He and the probably before killed tail-gunner crashed with the fuselage of the aircraft on a field at Aschthal. When the bombs were jettisoned, the 'Osteraufkirche' (Church) at Denklingen was hit and damaged, a wing fell in a forest at Schafmoos.

Philipp Jenkinson, which was Air Gunner at this, his 10th raid, commited [sic] together with a comrade, which reached the ground not far from him, to try to come to Switzerland. By bitter cold and nearly without food, as he remembers today, they were on the ways during the nights, and daytime they stayed in forests. Because they saw nearly no signposts, they orientated their way at railroad tracks. Also Philipp Jenkinson had a map and a very small compass, carried in the uniform, which he could safe [sic] when leaving the aircraft. The escaped [sic] ended after 9 days at Immenstadt, when he was captured by a military patrol.

Only some years after the war, Jenkinson tried to find the crash place. He remembered a post 'Welden', which brought him instuding [sic] maps only to the town at Augsburg with the same name.
Many visits.
The British Ministry of Defence was not able to help him but gave him the address of the Augsburg man Hans Grimminger. He was known in London as a 'airwar expert' for the area of South-Bavaria. Grimminger arranged 10 years back his first visit at Fuchstal.

Together with Jenkinson came this time his former comrades Hugh Moore, Ray Dogehill and Harry McLean, which were 5 of the 23 survivors of of 14 aircraft, which were shot down during the same night over South-Bavaria and which are also solidaried [sic] by a single curiosity. By a pesonally [sic] order of the Chief of the German Air Force, Goering, all survivors of the Munich raid were brought from the War-prisons for three days to Munich to show them the destructions of their bombing, which costed more than 200 dead victims.
Hans Griiminger”

Unfortunately, the photo mentioned in the article naming those present, together with wreckage of the aircraft would not reproduce. Our thanks go to Hans Grimminger for the translation. Astrange thing – no mention of the 2nd Dicky in this story, F/O C. Melin. Any answers anyone ? See Newsletter 16, page 52.

The Crew of this aircraft – ZA-G were; F/Lt A.G. Douglas, P/O K.J. Murphy, Sgt N. simmonds, Sgt E.A. Laxen, Sgt P. Jenkinson, Sgt H. Gurton, Sgt P.G. O'Kill and F/O C. Melin. Ed.

[inserted] FROM 10 SQDN MAGAZINE [/inserted]


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