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« on: July 13, 2014, 07:23:49 AM »

Kent & Sussex Courier - Friday 24 January 1941

PROTEST ON NAZI AIRMEN’S BURIAL.

A number of residents in the Sussex village of Steyning are opposed to the burial of five German airmen in the churchyard. The Nazis were fatally burned when their Heinkel bomber crashed in flames on the outskirts of the village on Sunday night. Mr. H. F. Holland, member of the British Legion, said on Tuesday: "Why should they lie among our loved ones? They came over here to wreck our homes and murder our kith and kin." The Vicar of Steyning, the Rev. E. W. Cox. stated that there could be no question that the men should be buried in the churchyard. He declined to give the time of the funeral and added, "We do not want a crowd."
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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2015, 08:43:30 AM »

It appears the Rev E.W. Cox did actually bury the airmen in his Church graveyard at Steying.  The newspaper article in the opening post (above) is dated a day after they were buried so I think that is just a case of late reporting by the newspaper.

I'm not sure if they are still buried there.  Most were moved to The German Military Cemetery at Cannock Chase in the 1960s.

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Thursday 23 January 1941

Dead Nazi Airmen's Mementos

On each of the five German airmen, one a commissioned officer, whose Heinkel bomber crashed in flames near the Sussex village of Steyning, was found a keepsake - a ring, a photograph, a lock of hair or a trinket.
The airmen were buried in the village churchyard today with full military honours. The coffins were borne through the streets on Bren Gun Carriages. A service was conducted by the Rev E.W. Cox.
In a plea for a kindlier spirit and tolerance towards these our fallen enemies, the Vicar said that he had been greatly touched to know that some little personal memento was found on each of the men, that showed that whatever their mission they had left some loved one in Germany.  "Let us" he added " deal graciously with them".
The five coffins were lowered into one grave as buglers sounded "The Last Post" and "Reveille".   There was no volley fired and the Nazi flag was  not on the coffins.
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2015, 15:41:43 PM »

All 9 Luftwaffe losses on 19 Jan 1941 (the previous Sunday) are at Cannock Chase.
These are the only 5 adjacent graves, and must therefore be the crew members in question.

ENSLIN, WERNER. Date of Death: 19/01/1941.
Regiment/Service: German Air Force
Grave Reference: Plot 6 Row 16 Grave 322 Cemetery: CANNOCK CHASE GERMAN MILITARY CEMETERY.

LINDHORST, KARL. Date of Death: 19/01/1941.
Regiment/Service: German Air Force
Grave Reference: Plot 6 Row 16 Grave 323 Cemetery: CANNOCK CHASE GERMAN MILITARY CEMETERY.

RADKE, HERMANN. Date of Death: 19/01/1941.
Regiment/Service: German Air Force
Grave Reference: Plot 6 Row 16 Grave 324 Cemetery: CANNOCK CHASE GERMAN MILITARY CEMETERY.

KARZEL, PAUL. Date of Death: 19/01/1941.
Regiment/Service: German Air Force
Grave Reference: Plot 6 Row 16 Grave 325 Cemetery: CANNOCK CHASE GERMAN MILITARY CEMETERY.

KRAUSE, ERWIN ROBERT WILHELM. Date of Death: 19/01/1941.
Regiment/Service: German Air Force
Grave Reference: Plot 6 Row 16 Grave 326 Cemetery: CANNOCK CHASE GERMAN MILITARY CEMETERY.

http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?86446-Heinkel-Crash-in-Kent-Stenning
He 111H V4+FH 1/KG 1 Wyckhams Farm, Steyning, 19 January 1941

No doubt Andy Saunders will have much, much more!
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2018, 10:50:13 AM »

Here is the CWGC list of all the German burials at Steyning.

This document is dated 28th November 1957 and shows the three British service burials and the five German burials from WWII.  There are also 6 burials from WWI.

You can't search the CWGC index for German Luftwaffe burials but you can check the relevant cemeteries and search on any of the Allied burials and use them as a starting point.  I opened the CWGC index for "STEYNING (ST. ANDREW) CHURCHYARD" and then checked on Squadron Leader 33372 Ronald Sansom and then used his entry to scroll down for the 'graves registration' forms.  These 'grave registration' forms show the original German burials.  It is the same for every cemetery with CWGC burials - you just need to be a bit patient as sometimes it takes a while.

For some reason I can't manage to download the whole page but if you do the check as I did you can se the whole form if you wish.

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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2018, 14:43:46 PM »

From Luftwaffe Crash Archives Vol 7:
19/20 January 1941: He111H-3 Werke No 3325. Coded V4+FH. Crashed at Wykeham Farm, Steyning at about 20:25
Started from Montdidier with a load of incendiaries. It crossed the coast at Shoreham at low altitude and flew up the Adur valley.
Eyewitnesses stated that there was a glow in the cockpit and it circled several times firing Very lights as well as dropping 3 flares before it suddenly burst into flames, made a forced landing and blew up. No bullet strikes were found on the wreckage so no explanation as to what happened.

Pilot was Hauptmann Frederick Gustav, Graf zu Castell-Castell, ID 53551/2 (Staffelkapitan);
Crew: Oberfeldwebel Heinz Schubert, 53551/30 now buried Cannock Chase Plot 4 Grave 130;
Ofw Gunter Janson, 53551/14 next Grave 131 in Cannock Chase;
Stfw Xavier Kroiss, Grave 132 and
Gefr Gunter Lenning, DI71714/39 and Grave 129.

So my previous crew identification was completely wrong - apologies!

As to where Frederick Gustav, Graf zu Castell-Castell is buried, that may be back in Germany?
Ah, that's why he was hard to find, his names seem to have become reversed....

Gustav Friedrich Wilhelm Ernst Franz Ulrich Richard Udo Hermann zu Castell-Castell
Birthdate: December 9, 1912. Birthplace: München. Death: January 19, 1941 aged 28 at Steyning, Sussex (in battle)
Son of Otto Friedrich Graf zu Castell-Castell and Amelie Prinzessin von Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg
Husband of Vibeke Freiin von Lotzbeck
Father of Christa Gräfin zu Castell-Castell and Carl Graf zu Castell-Castell
Brother of Luitpold Graf zu Castell-Castell; Pauline, Gräfin zu Castell-Castell and Marie Therese Grafin zu Castell-Castell
(NB: Luitpold (Leopold) also died in December 1941 in an aircrash.)
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2018, 18:46:33 PM »

Pilot's body was repatriated back to the family plot in Germany post war.
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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2018, 12:55:23 PM »

Hptmn Graf Castell-Castell's remains were repatriated on 25 September 1962.  He now rests in the family plot at Hochburg-Ach, Upper Austria. Information provided by the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) in Berlin.  
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2018, 16:52:16 PM »

Thanks, I thought that the most likely, the family have very wealthy backgrounds.
Can't do much research at the mo, currently enjoying 20+ degree SUNSHINE (remember that?) in Mojacar.
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