Heinkel He111H-4 coded 5J+SH of 1/KG4 crashed on Cairnsmore of Fleet on the 9th August 1940
|Frhr Gernot von Turckheim||Unteroffizier||–||Killed|
The aircraft flew into the mountain a short way off the summit towards Eastman’s Cairn and was burnt out while on a sortie from its base at Soesterberg in Holland. It is thought that the crew were tasked with dropping mines into the sea off Northern Ireland, as the aircraft had been carrying parachute mines. One of these had detonated when the aircraft crashed, or shortly afterwards, scattering pieces of wreckage across the mountainside. According to the RAF report only the tail and outer wings were unaffected. A second mine was discovered at the crash site, this had not gone off when the other exploded and was presumably de-activated before being removed from the hill.
The four crew are buried at Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery in Staffordshire, below are their graves.