The victims were given a full military funeral on the following Monday at Totnes Cemetery. The letter, written in English, read:
"Being the mother of a dead German soldier, I have a great petition for you. My son, Marius Bunge, born 27 November 1918 in Aachen, Germany, was a flyer in the Geschwader Boelke* (the Luftwaffe's medium bomber wing) and his aeroplane was destroyed by English anti-aircraft guns in the district of Todnes in the night of 14/15 February 1941.
The German headquarters told me in a letter it was possible that Marius had been buried in the churchyard of Todnes and they told me the number of his grave is WD1."
In reply, the mayor of Totnes wrote:
I have received your letter and regret I am unable to send you better news. Your information with regard to your son is quite correct. The plane was brought down in a field belonging to Higher Luscombe Farm near Luscombe Cross, Harbertonford, Totnes on the night of February 14/15 1941 and he was buried in the Totnes Cemetery on 19 February 1941. Prebendary J. Heywood-Waddington, Vicar of Totnes, officiated at the funeral.
They had full military honours and the coffins were draped with the German flag. The Red Cross see that there are always flowers on the graves and many of our British mothers in Totnes visit your son's grave for you. You will be pleased, no doubt, to know that your son did not suffer - his death was almost instantaneous. As a mother of young children myself, I extend my sympathy to you.