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Mission: Bomber escort sortie.

Date: 25
th October 1940

Time: 13.30 hours.

Unit: 3 Staffel./Jagdgeschwader 77

Type: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3

Werke Nr. 5104

Code: 13 + (Red)

Location: Harveys Cross Farm, Iford, North Saltdean, Sussex. Q.7823 (War Revision 1940)

Pilot: Gefreiter. Karl Raisinger. Captured POW.


Took off from near Calais at 12.30 hrs. on bomber escort. On the return journey, while flying at 17,000 ft. over London, the formation was attacked by Spitfires and hit in the radiator, the pilot tried to reach the coast but had to force land. The starboard side of the engine cowling was burnt out to the level of the spark plugs.

Markings: 13 in red. Cowling yellow, with "Rocho" written on one side in red. Airframe made by Weiner Neustadter F.W. in 1939. Engine: DB 601, made by Daimler Benz, Genshagen, no. 60977. Armament: two MG 17 and two 20 mm cannon. Approximately 2,000 rounds of 7.9 mm ammunition still in the aircraft. Armour; cross bulkhead in fuselage, with head protection and curved shield.

1 Me 109E 25.10.40 Gefr Raisinger Local newspaper showing the downed fighter (Pat Burgess Collection)

2 109 Raisinger
Close inspection of the cockpit of “Red” 13 (Pat Burgess Collection)

6 Gefr. Raisinger 25.10.40cc7 Karl Raisinger 1979
cccccYouthful Karl Raisinger ccccccccccccccccccccccccccccKarl Raisinger pictured in 1979 aged 59 (Pat Burgess Collection)

3 Crashed Aircraft Report
East Sussex Constabulary Crashed Aircraft Report dated 25.10.1940 (Pat Burgess Collection)

4 Crashed Aircraft Report

8 Karl Raisinger in the news again 1979

In 1979 Karl Raisinger returned to visit the old Brighton cells! (Pat Burgess Collection)

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless with special thanks to Nigel Parker and dedicated to the late Pat Burgess. March 2015
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