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Mission: Bomber escort.

Date: 12
th August 1940

Time: 13.00 hours.

Unit: 2 Staffel./Jagdgeschwader 52

Type: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1


Coded: 14 + (Red)

Location: Berwick Rail Crossing, Mays Farm, Selmeston, Sussex, England.

Unteroffizier. Leo Zaunbrecher. - Wounded.


Took off from an aerodrome near the coast of France at mid-day. While flying at 19,500 ft. attacked in the rear by a Spitfire, the controls and petrol tank being shot away, so the pilot forced landed.

Markings: on the port side there was a Red Devil with a bow and arrow, also a red triangle with two red rings below the machine gun port on the port side of the fuselage. 14 + in red.The aircraft was fitted with an armoured bulkhead.



4 May's Fm 109 Uffz Leo Zaunbrecher
Captured wounded, the young pilot Leo Zaunbrecher. (Net).


5 Troops and police inspect Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 W.Nr. 3367
The “Red” 14 under close examination and guard after the forced landing(IWM).

6 Army officers inspect the wreckage of Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 W.Nr. 3367

7 Saunders
Close up of the cockpit area (Saunders).

8 Locals watch as troops and police inspect Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 W.Nr. 3367

9 Saunders 2

10 Display
“Red” 14 on display to the public, location not known (Net).

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless, with special thanks to Pat Burgess Collection, Andy Saunders, and the IWM for use of images. Updated March 2015
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