Junkers 188s of I/KG6 transiting from Chièvres, Belgium to Münster-Handorf before their night bombing raid on London 15th October 1943.
On the night of 15th October 1943, I/KG6 was tasked with its first major operational sortie against the British mainland.
The Junkers 188s were loaded with bombs at their forward base of Chièvres but then had to make a transit flight to Münster-Handorf in order to refuel. As night fell, five aircraft departed Münster-Handorf and headed for London. The first off was Hauptmann Helmuth Waldecker in 3E+BL closely followed by Leutnant Karl Geyr in 3E+HH. Geyr and his crew flew low level to the Dutch coast and then climbed to 20,000 to follow a Knickebein beam towards Harwich. After following a deliberately erratic course to confuse night
fighters, they dropped their bombs on London and headed for home.
Within minutes of dropping their bombs however, their Ju188 was hit by flak, ten minutes later one of the crew spotted the dark shape of a Mosquito night fighter moving across the night sky. Immediately four bursts of cannon fire ripped into their aircraft and their fate was sealed. With the fuel tanks on fire and all but the pilot wounded, the aircraft spun out of control and crashed near Birchington in Kent,
only the pilot, Karl Geyr, survived.