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Mission: Ramsgate, Kent, England.

Date: 3
rd March 1941

Time: 4.00 p.m.

Unit: 3 Staffel./Jagdgeschwader 51

Type: Messerschmitt Bf 109E


Coded: TG + GW

Location: Brenzett, Kent, England.

Pilot: Leutnant. Martin Ottmer. – Killed. Born 10.03.1918.


This aircraft was involved in a daylight attack on Ramsgate, during the raid 26 bombs were dropped by enemy aircraft. R.A.F. fighters joined the battle and Lt. Ottmer's aircraft was attacked and shot down by P/O Campbell of No.54 Squadron. Lt. Ottmer baled out too late and his parachute failed to operate. He was found lying dead at Ivychurch. His Bf 109 hit the ground at very high speed leaving little on the surface to mark its passing. Martin Ottmer was laid to rest in the Folkestone Cemetery and has not been re-interred at the Deutsche Soldatenfriedhof at Cannock Chase, Staffs.

A.I.1.(g) Report 156/1 states the following:

Me 109 crashed at 03.03.41 at 16.00 hours at Brenzett, near Rye. Map reference R4547. Markings not ascertainable. Airframe made by Erla F.W. Works No. 2035. The cause of this crash is believed to have been fighter action, and the pilot baled out. The aircraft dived into the ground at speed; the engine is entirely buried and there is little wreckage left on the surface. From markings on a piece of the scrap, it appears that shell guns were fitted in the wing. The Pilot was killed as the parachute failed to open.

No further details possible.

Soldiers peer into the hole made by the high speed crash of Lt. Ottmer's Bf 109E (net)

Folkestone New Cemetery
Burial detail: Folkestone Cemetery, Kent, England.

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless, with thanks to Nigel Parker. March 2014.