12th May 41 Luftflotte 3 sent 240 aircraft from Denmark to attack UK airfields. A JU88 piloted by Leutnant Kurt Hanning attacked Scampton at 01:35 with a load of 28 50Kg bombs. The plane made several passes when it was took on by a six man gun crew led by Cpl Inkpen. The crew opened up with 2 Lewis guns expending their ammunition. The aircraft caught fire crashing close to the perimeter fence.
Mr Miller was the Rolls Royce rep for the base was passing close by with his wife. He pulled Hanning out alive. Hanning died five minuites later in the arms of Mrs Miller. Miller rescued the rest of the crew but they were either dead or dying of their wounds.
On the 14th May Hanning, Unteroffizier Wilhelm A C Hansen, Gerfreiter Johannes Dietrich, Gerfreiter EHelmuth Wimmeder were all buried in Scampton church yard with full military honours.
The tail of the aircraft was inscribed in Inkpens name and kept by 83 sqn as a trophy. Three months later Corporal Inkpen was killed when a Hampden blew up on the dispersal where he was working.
Gerfreiter EH Reidel was found many years later by a farmer. Reidel is buried in the same grave as Wimmeder. It was likely that he was thrown clear on impact maybe hidden in a ditch or bushes until his remains were found years later. He was probably a very good friend of the crew to have managed to have got on board which was against strict regulations.