Ex-Luftwaffe Pilot Crashes Near City He Once Bombed





Luftwaffe veteran Willi Schludecker, 88, flew scores of missions over the UK during the 'Baedeker Blitz' of 1942.
Earlier this year the remorseful pilot visited Bath for a memorial service to apologise for his role in bombings of the town which killed 400 people.

Last Friday he returned to Bath after promising event organiser Chris Kilminster, 61, a flight in one of his planes.

But just moments after taking off from a private airstrip near Marshfield, Glos, the small four-man plane lost engine power and plummeted towards the ground.

Mr Schludecker was forced to make an emergency crash landing in a field just eight miles north of the Georgian city he once bombed.

No-one was hurt in the accident but thieves later ransacked the stricken plan, stealing £30,000 worth of equipment including an expensive GPS system.

It was the first time that Mr Kilminster – who lost several members of his family during the city's raids – had been up in a plane...



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