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He 115C serial number 3258 crashed into the North Sea 31/7
The aircraft belonged to 1. / Küstenfliegergruppe 406 and was coded K6+CH.
T/o List Op: Sea Air Rescue.
The He 115 was on a rescue flight when it was at 02:00 hours attacked by an
aircraft and was badly damaged. Oberfeldwebel Helmut Körcher tried to land the He 115 but it overturned and
stood on its nose before it sank about 43 miles southwest of Graadyb.
Wop Gefreiter Gerhard Filz called out for the other two crew members before he got
out of the aircraft, but received no answer. At 07:30 hours he was retrieved
from the sea by the Danish fishing vessel E 127 of Esbjerg and taken to Lazarett
The dead body of Pilot Oberfeldwebel Helmuth Köcher was found washed ashore 31/8
at Kærgård strand by the Receiver of Wrecks and brought to his farm for
The Wehrmacht was notified and they collected the body and took it to Esbjerg.
On 1/9 1941 Helmuth Köcher was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery in Esbjerg.
Observer Leutnant z. See Wilhelm Rademacher has no known grave.
Sources: RL 2 III/ 771 +1177, Köcher medicolegal record, "Seekrieg aus der Luft"
von Franz Kurowski.
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