Wehage, Eckhard and Christel
On the morning of March 10, 1970, just before 8 o’clock, the young couple and 15 other passengers boarded the AN-24 airplane to Leipzig run by the East German airline, Interflug. Shortly after take-off, Eckhard Wehage held his pistol in front of him and ordered the stewardess to establish contact with the pilots and tell them to fly to an airport in Hanover.
No one could understand the words he called out. The East German border soldiers registered the "agitator." In the middle of the night, at around 1:50 a.m., Müller, intoxicated, either fell or climbed over the Berlin Wall – or he may have been pushed by someone.
By the time his absence from the barracks was noticed, he had entered the border territory near Bergfelde, north of Berlin, in broad daylight. A search for Willi Born was ordered and all the border guards were told to be on special alert.
In truth, however, Friedhelm Ehrlich had entered the border grounds at around 10:15 that night. But he did not behave like a fugitive. The drunken 20-year-old broke the wooden slats of the interior fence and whistled loudly as he moved towards the guard road. Border guards heard him and ordered him to stop.
It is not known why he was there, but it is documented that he insulted the border soldiers at 11:15 p.m. and proceeded to climb over the old and then the new Wall barrier in a rather complicated area of the border. He continued in the direction of East Berlin.
Apparently the guards on the tower did not see any reason to get involved but the guard at the gate raised his machine gun, aimed at the motorcycle tires and fired. Seven shots were set off.
Friese, Christian Peter
That evening, December 24, 1970, Christian Peter Friese was riding on a train to East Berlin. Later he hid in a small garden colony located near the border in Treptow and observed the border grounds. At around midnight he climbed the interior fence unnoticed.