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Mission: Reconnaissance flight.

Date: 29
th August 1940

Time: 23.45 hours.

Unit: 3 Staffel./Kampfgeschwader 27

Type: Heinkel He 111H


Coded: 1G + EL (E in yellow)

Location: Downton Hale, near Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England.

Pilot: Unteroffizier. Josef Schlosser - Wounded.

Observer: Oberleutnant. Hans Hunerbein - Bruised.

Radio/Op: Unteroffizier. Dietrich Siebers - Injured.

Flt/Eng: Obergefreiter. Paul Walpert - Severely wounded.


Started from France on a reconnaissance mission, carrying no bombs. Flying about 19,000 ft. near Bristol, the aircraft was hit by AA fire and a short while later the crew bailed out. Aircraft hit a house, and was completely burnt out except for the tail unit.

He 111 at Fordingbridge 29.08.40
The burnt out wreck after the fires had been put out, only the rear end remains intact.

A.I.(k). Report No.337/1940 (National Archive)

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless, August 2013.