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Mission: “Adler Tag” Attack on Sheerness & Eastchurch airfields.

Date: 13
th August 1940

Time: 8.30 a.m.

Unit: Stab.Staffel./ Kampfgeschwader 2

Type: Dornier Do 17Z

Werke/Nr. (Not known)

Coded: U5 + KA

Location: Pherbec Bridge, Barham, Kent, England.

Pilot: Oberleutnant. Heinz Schlegel. – Captured.

Observer: Oberleutnant. Gerhard Osswald. (Staffelfuehrer) – Captured injured.

Observer 2: Oberfeldwebel. Ernst Holtz. – Captured injured.

Radio/Op: Oberfeldwebel. Gustav Babbe. – Captured injured.


Started from St Leger, near Arras at 06.30 hrs. to bomb Eastchurch aerodrome, with ten 50 kg bombs. Flying westwards over the Thames Estuary, was attacked by a Spitfire that came out of the sun and put shots into the tail and motor. Aircraft forced landed and broke in half across the Canterbury-Folkestone railway line at Pherbec Bridge.

Markings: K in green. Shield: bomb falling from a cloud with man sitting on it, holding a telescope.

(2) U5+KA  Do 17Z Barham 13.08.40 copy
The wreck of Heinz Schlegel rests broken at Pherbec Bridge, Barham, Kent.

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless, with special thanks to Nigel Parker. (June 2014).