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Mission: Escort sortie for attacking bombers.

Date: 13
th August 1940

Time: 07.10 hours.

Unit: Stab I./Jagdgeschwader 2

Type: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1


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Location: New Salts Farm, beside Shoreham aerodrome, Sussex, England.

Pilot: Oberleutnant. Paul Temme.


Having problems with his engine, this pilot got left behind by the rest of his formation and while going to the assistance of a straggling Junkers Ju 88, was shot down by two Spitfires. The pilot was found to have a tin of chocolate containing 2% caffeine and eight Pervitin pills which were meant to strengthen resolve if the pilot came down in the sea as no rubber dinghies were carried by fighter aircraft. Believed shot down by Sgt J. P. Mills in a Hurricane of No. 43 Squadron.

1 Temme 109 Copy
Paul Temme’s Bf 109E-1 pictured shortly after landing. (Pat Burgess Collection)

2 Temme 109 Copy
“Then & Now” well 1997 when this comparison photo was taken. (Pat Burgess Collection)

3 then &#38; now Copy

4 Temme 109 Copy
The aircraft suffered very little damage in the forced landing. (Pat Burgess Collection)

5 Temme 109 Copy

6 Temme 109 Copy
Temme’s aircraft on display in Hackney, London to raise funds for the war effort. (Pat Burgess Collection)

7 Temme POW Copy
Paul Temme 2 from left pictured whilst held as a prisoner. (Pat Burgess Collection)

8 Temme 109 Cockpit Copy
Paul pictured in a Messerschmitt. (Pat Burgess Collection)

Paul Temme was born on the 4
th June 1916. During his time in the Luftwaffe he took part in operations during the Polish campaign, Battle of France and Battle of Britain. After interrogation by the British, Paul was sent to Canada as a prisoner of war. At the end of hostilities he returned to Germany and studied economics in Bonn. Up until his retirement Paul worked for the leading car producer Ford.

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless. Special thanks to the late Pat Burgess and leading aviation historian Nigel Parker. March 2015

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