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Künzel, Wily Joseph Erwin

Date of birth:
April 8th, 1908 (Salatiga, Duch East Indies)
Date of death:
May 10th, 1940 (Numansdorp, The Netherlands)
Buried on:
Dutch War Cemetery Grebbeberg
Row: 3A. Grave: 52.
Nationality:
Dutch (1815-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Eerste Luitenant-Vlieger-Waarnemer (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Bombardeervliegtuigafdeling, 1e Luchtvaartregiment, Wapen der Militaire Luchtvaart
Awarded on:
May 6th, 1946
Lieuitenanat pilot/observer Künzel was pilot in command of the T-V 854 on a mission of three T-V’s (escorted by D-XXI fighters) in the direction of Waalhaven, which was to be bombed. Right after dropping their bombs, the three bombers were attacked by German fighters and T-V 862 and T-V 854 were shot down near Oud-Beijerland (Hoekse Waard). All crewmembers except conscript Sergeant Hartog aboard T-V 854 lost their lives.

465th Award.
Royal Decree No. 6 dated May 6th, 1946.
Awarded posthumously.
Vliegerkruis (VK)

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