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Hare's Hill by Henry Castle

This commemorates a German Junkers plane that crashed near here on 25 March 1943.

 

The crew - Fritz Forster, Horst Bluhm, Willi Euler and Heinz Kristall - were all killed. The following is from an aircrash website:

 

"During the night of the 24th / 25th March 1943 a raid was mounted against Edinburgh by a small number of Luftwaffe units, no fewer than 6 aircraft were lost, most of them crashing on the high ground of the North East of the England the Scottish borders.

 

The crew of 3E+HM had taken off from Deelen in the Netherlands to bomb the Leith area of Edinburgh, maps found in this and a number of the other wrecks inspected by RAF Air Intelligence officers showed the sorties were flying directly at low altitude from their bases in Holland to a point approximately 80 miles East of St Abbs Head before turning onto a heading for Edinburgh. The aircraft overshot the city in poor visibility and flew into Hare Hill to the south of the city at 00:30 killing all of the crew, the bomb load had been dropped shortly before and fell into nearby fields."

 

The crew were initially buried locally but their bodies were later moved to a German military graveyard in England.

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Taken on July 5, 2012