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Author Topic: Leutnant Josef Schauff, Margate Cemetery  (Read 1413 times)
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« on: November 25, 2016, 10:32:36 AM »

Date of Death:24/07/1940
Regiment/Service:German Air Force
Grave Reference: Sec. 50. Grave 15031.

Thanet Advertiser - Tuesday 06 August 1940

HONOUR FOR DEAD PILOTS. German and British Buried In Margate Cemetery.
Three airmen - two of them British and one German - were buried at Margate Cemetery last week. They were Pilot Officer John Lawrence Allen, aged 24, and Sergt. Pilot Archibald Finnie, of the Royal Air Force, and Lieut. Josef Schauff, aged 21, of the German Air Force. They were all buried in that part of Margate Cemetery set apart for war casualties. The Union Jack covered the coffins of the British airmen and the Swastika flag covered that of the German officer. Members of the R.A.F. acted as bearers in all three cases.

Sqdn.-Ldr. the Rev. Cecil King officiated at the funerals of Sergt. Pilot Finnie and Lieut. Schauff, and the Rev. J. E. H. Liebenrood at the funeral of Pilot Officer Allen. On a wreath on one of the British graves was the inscription "Good flying and happy landings, from the mother of another pilot. Rest on the wings of God."

An inscription on some flowers on the German grave read: "You had no other choice. Perhaps we will be able to understand one day. God bless you and may you rest in peace."

Leutnant Josef Schauff died when he bailed out of his stricken Me.109, which then crashed in Byron Road, Margate. Schauff's body was found in a nearby playing field, parachute unopened.

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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2016, 17:06:54 PM »

Further details of Leutnant Josef Schauff's and Pilot Officer John Lawrence Allen's deaths can be found here Battle of Britain Historical Society The narrative starts about 3/4 down the page to the end.

"A Bf109 was shot down by one of the Spitfires and its pilot baled out but his parachute failed to open and his pilotless aircraft smashed into a quiet avenue in residential Margate."

Sergt. Pilot Archibald Finnie crashed and died the next day, the 25th., at Kingswood. There are details on the next page after the link above.


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