Kuthe, Wolfgang, born 03-03-1919, in Potsdam , Stadtkreis Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany, joined Hermann Goerings Luftwaffe and became a Oberleutnant with the 11 Nachtjagdgeschwader 1. under the command of Oberst Wolfgang Falck , Falck survived the war and died old age 96 on 13-03-2007 in St. Ulrich (Tyrol)/Austria.
In the night of 1 to 2 March 1943, an English bomber of the Short Stirling type, Serial Number EF347, of the 15th Squadron detonated in the air near Mantgum. The pilot was, Sergeant Herold Stanley Howland, son of Albert Ernest and Emily Catharine Howland, of Romford, Essex, and his entire crew is killed. These are A.L. Hyrons, G.W. Armer, J.G. Lamb, W.H. Pritchard, W.A. Martin and G.A. Moss. Little remains recognizable of the bomber. A German soldier guards the coffins with remains.
The plane targeting Berlin is shot down during a dogfight by the German pilot Oberleutnant Wolfgang Kuthe. A monument is unveiled at Skillaerd in 1992 that commemorates the crash. Kuthe was already a flyer ace with five skills. With his Messerschmitt Bf 110G-4 in the 11./Nagdgeschwader 1, he shot down as 1st known victory, the Wellington Mk III BJ661, with two survivers, on 29-07-1942. A 2nd Wellington on 04-09-1942. A 3th Lancaster at Warns on 23-01-1943, a.4th Wellington on 27-01-1943 at Harlingen.A 5th Wellington on 30-01-1943. a 6th Stirling on 19-02-1943 and his 7th Stirling on 02-03-1943.
Death and burial ground of Kuthe, Wolfgang.
Wolfgang Kuthe crashed his 110 on 14-04-1943 at Leeuwarden airport after this victory at Ameland Island. Most likely from return fire his 8th,Wellington. Wolfgang was buried at the Noorderbegraafplaats in Leeuwarden. He was reburied in November 1958 to Ysselsteyn, German war cemetery, Section AR, Row 5, Grave 101.
The only 2 survivors of his first victim, the Wellington Mk III BJ661, Sergeant Ronald Patrick “Ron” Callaghan RNZAF NZ411739, who died on 01-08-1986, age 65 and Sergeant. Alan Walter Rutherford RNZAF NZ404572 believed they were taken by Oberleutnant Wolfgang Kuthe to a Beer Garden in Amsterdam following hospitalisation and prior to transport to Dulag Luft, Stalag VIIIB/344.