Overview

Wolfgang Kindt, born in 1916, volunteers 1936 in the air force. In the same year, when he has to stay in Könisberg by East Prussia, due to his training as an aircraft maintenance engineer, he gets to know Ennke Plaep. April 1940 Wolfgang and Enneke get engaged inofficial – meanwhile attacks Germany Norway and Denmark, to asure the access to the valuable Swedish iron ore („Operation Weserübung“). On June 10th 1940 capitulates the Norwegian army.

Wolfgang Kindt completes several pilot trainigs. He marries Enneke in December 1942. His first military service is from May – June 1942 in West-Cazaux, France. The first daughter Brigitte Irene (Brixi) is born in 1943 and the second daughter Marianne Erna one year later.

On February 16th 1945 Wolfgang Kindt is on a mission at the Hjoerundfjord (Norway), he is shot down from a british fight plane and is presumed lost. Several weeks later Germany surrenders unconditionally and the Second World War is over.

The body of the dead pilot is salvaged from the village people and burried on June 23th 1945 in Sæbø. Several years later, the inhabitants of the village are asked if they want to move the body of the German soldier to a military cemetery, but they refuse. Another remarkable fact is, that someone takes care about the grave silently, all years long. Wolfgang’s family doesn’t know anything about his whereabouts, and he isn’t pronounced dead until 1968.

In 1988 starts an interest group around the hobby-historian Arnold Hustad and the student Matthias Zilk in Sæbø. The target is, finding, collecting and saving the remains of the air battle of February 16th 1945. In Spring 1993 establishes the first contact between Arnold Hustad and the family Edgar Kindt (cousin of Wolfgang) and thereafter with the daughter Brixi, married name Schultze. Immediately afterwards dies Ennke Kindt, the widow of Wolfgang. In 1993 travels the family Kindt to Norway the first time. In 1999 and 2010 follow further trips to Norway. Only after the second journey an older lady named Bertha Stokke comes out, that she cared about the grave of Wolfgang Kindt. Since then, the oldest school class takes care abou the grave. The incidents about the second world war and the memory of the dead soldier are often a topic in the local school. The children together with their teachers deal with the history of National Socialism and the Holocaust – every year travels one class, at their own charge, to Ausschwitz.

You can find a more detailed presentation of the incidents and the political and historical backround information at the timtable.