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Mission: Fighter escort.

Date: 28
th August 1940

Time: 16.25 hours.

Unit: 2 Staffel./Jagdgeschwader 3

Type: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4

Werk Nr.941

Coded: (not known).

Location: Church Farm, Church Whitfield, Dover, Kent, England.

Pilot: Leutnant. Herbert Landry EKII 55569/ ? Age.22 - wounded, died 23/9/40.


Aircraft attacked by a Spitfire, the engine caught fire and the pilot bailed out immediately. The aircraft crashed and was completely destroyed by fire. The pilot was extremely aggressive and stubborn and would give away absolutely no information. He wore the Iron Cross 2
nd Class ribbon. This incident was witnessed by Winston Churchill during a tour of inspection of Dover Castle and the crash site was visited by him shortly afterwards. Churchill picked up a cartridge case as a souvenir


2 Winston Churchill near Dover, 28 August 1940
Winston Churchill and his entourage walk away from the crash-site of a Messerschmitt Bf 109E on
Church Farm at Church Whitfield near Dover, 28 August 1940 (IWM)

Cannock Chase Cemetery

Burial detail: Soldatenfriedhof Cannock Chase, Staffs, England, Block 5 Grave 331.

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless, August 2013.