Junkers Ju88A-5 0662 / M2+CK of 3 Staffel / Küstenfliegergruppe 906 crashed at Newlands near Lennoxtown on the 7th May 1941


Werner Coenen Oberleutnant Pilot Killed
Gerd Hansmann Hauptmann Observer Killed
Ernst Langanki Oberfeldwebel Radio Operator Survived
Willi Müller Feldwebel Gunner Survived


The aircraft had taken off from a base in Holland on the 6th May 1941 as part of a large attack against Glasgow and Greenock. At 02:00 on the 7th while approaching its target at between 10,000 and 12,000ft it was engaged by a Defiant nightfighter from No.141 Squadron operating from RAF Ayr. The pilot of the Defiant, Squadron Leader Edward Chatham Wolfe, was able to formate with the aircraft allowing his gunner, Sergeant Alfred Ashcroft, to direct fire at the Ju88 following which control was lost and it began to dive towards the ground. The crew began to abandon the aircraft with two successfully using their parachutes, however the parachutes of both the observer and pilot never opened and both were killed.

Without its crew onboard the Ju88 dived into moorland near Newlands above the town of Lennoxtown in East Dunbartonshire where it exploded on impact, at least one of its bomb detonated during the impact scattering wreckage over a wide area and leaving a 15ft deep crater in the soft ground.

The Küstenfliegergruppes were coastal reconnaissance and naval support groups, but they were also engaged in normal bombing sorties.

The two officers who were killed are buried in differnet cemeteries, Oberleutnant Coenen is buried at Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery while Hauptmann Hansmann is buried locally to the crash site in Lennoxtown.

Shortly afterwards Squadron Leader Wolfe was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross, as a cumulative award which included his part in the downing of the aircraft.

Grave of Hauptmann Gerd Hansmann at Lennoxtown, Dunbartonshire
Hauptmann Hansmann’s grave at Lennoxtown.
Crash site of Ju88 0662 M2+CK at Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire
Very little remains at the site today, the only visible evidence is a bare patch where the site was excavated in the 1990s and close by a large crater where one or more of the aircraft’s bombs detonated on impact.
Crash site of Ju88 0662 M2+CK at Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire
A second view of the area which was excavated.
Crater at the crash site of Ju88 0662 M2+CK at Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire
The crater is easily picked out by the reeds which grow in it.