The main proponents of the erecting of the memorial, Frank
Retzlaff and Ronny Gehra.
The author of this article is also the curator of the Museum of the Air Battle Over
the Ore Mountains September 11th, 1944
Gratitude and thanks in help with this
article go out to Frank Retzlaff, Ronny
Gehra, Piotr Forkasiewitz, the family of
Karl Kleemann, Thum City Hall, and Heidemarie Klein of the Thum Town Archives.
Archives of the Museum of Air Battle
over the Ore Mountains on September
11th, 1944 in Kovarska, Czech Republic
City Archives Thum
Artworks: Piotr Forkasiewicz
A close-up of the memorial with
the Jagdgeschwader 4 emblem.
The text reads:
In this vicinity in air combat, Obergefraiter Karl Kleemann lost his life.
7.(Sturm)/Jagdgeschwader 4. Born November 10th, 1923, Died September
In memory, and as a warning.
In the air combat over the Ore Mountains on September 11th, 1944, 56 American and 21 German pilots and aircrews
lost their lives.
INFO Eduard - July 2021