An Oberfeldwebel and Beobachter [Observer] in the 3rd Staffel (Squadron) of Küstenfliegergruppe (Coastal Group) 506 he was killed when his aircraft (He115; Wn.2081; S4+BL), on a low-level night-flight, collided with the radio location mast at West Beckham before crashing onto the beach at Sheringham. The rest of the crew, Oblerleutnant zur See Wolfgang Wodtke and Oberfeldwebel Karl Ullmann, also perished, their bodies being washed ashore some time later.
Born in Schmeckendorf. The Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge records his date of birth as 21 August 1910. He was buried on 9 December 1939.