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De Vink - Chevremont (Kerkrade)

Crash site

Detailed history

On this spot Feldwebel (sergeant) Helmut F Brinkman (* 13 June 1920) crashed in his Me-109 after he was shot down by the tail gunner of A/C 42-3436 Sgt Dominic C Lepore. Brinkman went missing after he crashed in a field near De Vink-Chevremont (NL) on 14-10-1943.

Near or over Eygelshoven there were 3 German fighter planes involved of which one was probably shot down by tail gunner Dominic Lepore: the Me-109G-6 / White 12 ‘Werknummer’ # 15389 of ‘Feldwebel’ (sergeant) Helmut F. Brinkmann. He crashed in a field in ‘de Vink’ (between Kerkrade-Chevremont and Eygelshoven) killing him. He belonged to the 7th ‘Staffel’ (III. Gruppe) of Jagdgeschwader 1 then flying from Eelde? His body was not recovered. These details are mentioned by Mr. Ron Pütz in a letter to Mr. Linrud of November 27, 1988 and in a ‘Proces verbaal’ of the police of 14 October 1943 in Mr Pütz’ book ‘Duel in de wolken‘.



  • Dominic Lepore

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423436. Prisoner of War (POW). ...


  • 42-3436

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/6/43; Redmond 15/8/43; Assigned 96BG 16/8/43; transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-R] Chelveston 18/9/43; ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...


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