The Heinkel He111 of Leros, shot down on 14 November 1943

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By Pierre Kosmidis

On 14 November 1943, the crews of two 46 Squadron Beaufighters, Flight Lieutenant D. J. A. Crerar (pilot) with Pilot Officer L. Charles, and Flying Officer B. F. Wild (pilot) together with Flight Sergeant R. W. Gibbons, shared in the destruction of a Heinkel He 111H (8011/6N+EP) of II./K.G. 100. This was shot down north of Leros with the loss of Gefreiter Helmut Grundke (air-gunner).
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According to researcher Byron Tesapsides the crew of this ill fated He 111H (6N+EP, W.Nr. 8011) was: Pilot Uffz. Walter Pink, Fw. Kurt Bruder (MIA), BF. Fw. Johann Sonnenschein (wounded), BS. Uffz. Helmut Grundke (KIA)
The fuselage of the He111 at Panteli beach, Leros in 2013. Shortly afterwards the wreck disappeared. Photo Credit: Andrew Clark

Part of the He111 still remains at a depth of 16 metres and is a popular diving site in Leros.
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