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There are ten German graves in Dyce Cemetery. It is assumed that all of them relate to Luftwaffe personnel.

They are the crews of three aircraft which failed to make it back after missions over Aberdeen.

 

Heinrich Alexander Bieroth

31:5:1916 - 3:7:1940
Aged 24

Fritz Rabe

15:1:1918 - 3:7:1940
Aged 22

 

 

       
Herbert Huck

18:9:1918 - 12:7:1940
Aged 21

Georg Kerkhoff

15:7:1919 - 12:7:1940
Aged 20

Paul Plischke

5:4:1915 - 12:7:1940
Aged 25

August Skokan

21:12:1915 - 12:7:1940
Aged 24

Possibly the crew of a Heinkel 111 shot down by Spitfires of 603 Squadron after raiding Aberdeen Harbour.

 

Walter Both

19:9:1920 - 5:9:1941
Aged 21

Werner Drexhage

30:1:1917 - 5:9:1941
Aged 24

Karl Lffler

23:12:1917 - 5:9:1941
Aged 23

Herman Zeitsch

17:6:1920 - 5:9:1941
Aged 21

 

Aberdeen was the most frequently bombed city in Scotland. It was attacked 34 times and 178 people were killed.

The heaviest attack was on 21st April 1943. In a pre-planned air raid 25 Dornier 217s of the Kampf-Geschwader Group 2 swept into Aberdeen from the north of the city as dusk fell causing damage in the Woodside, Hilton, Cattofield, Kittybrewster and George Street areas. The toll was heavy : 98 people were killed and a similar number seriously injured.

 

These men died in the performance of their duty to their orders.

They deserve to be remembered amongst the honourable dead of World War II.