The aircraft was part of a large force of Luftwaffe bombers sent to attack Liverpool. After dropping its bombload and turning for base, the Junkers was hit by gunfire from a nightfighter and damaged. The order to abandon was given, but before anyone could comply, the aircraft crashed at 0100 on The Roaches. There were no survivors.
The crew were:
Major D H von ZIEHLBERG Pilot Aged ?
Oberleutnant W LEMKE Observer Aged ?
Oberfeldwebel R SCHWALBE Radio Operator Aged ?
Feldwebel G MAHL Gunner Aged ?