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Mission: Coastal reconnaissance / Attack on shipping.

Date: 9
th June 1941

Time: 14.25 hours.

Unit: 7 Staffel./Jagdgeschwader 2

Type: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7


Code: 15 +

Location: Swanworth Quarry, Worth Maltravers, Dorset, England.

Pilot: Oberleutnant. Werner Machold. (Knights Cross) 53522/ - Captured unhurt.


Started from Caen at 13.55 hrs. on a coastal reconnaissance and to attack shipping. There were four aircraft involved in this operation while cruising around at 1,500 ft. sighted a convoy, which they attacked from 60 ft. Shortly afterwards the engine of this aircraft started to overheat before seizing, compelling the pilot to make a forced landing. The aircraft made a good forced landing, the engine having seized up the spark plugs on one side of the engine were blown out.

Markings: spinner and rudder yellow, painted over in grey. Crest; a red R in gothic script on a white shield. The airframe was made by Wiener Neustadter FW in 1940.

Engine: DB 601 N.1 made by Niedersachsische M.W. Brunswick, works no. 21705.

Armament: two MG 17 mounted over the engine and two 20 mm cannon mounted in the wings. A 250 kg bomb had been carried under the fuselage but had been dropped. 50 rounds of 7.9 mm and 60 rounds of 20 mm had been fired.

A form of engine boosting system in the form of three cylinders fitted in the cockpit were found.

The pilot of this aircraft was considerably experienced and had shot down a Blenheim on 20th May 1941 bringing his Geschwader's victories up to 100. His personal tally was twenty six in 140 War Flights and had been awarded the Golden (110) War Flights Badge. He was Staffelkapitän of the 7th Staffel.

(1) JG 2 Werner Macholdcc(2) Oltn. Machold im Stabsquartier des JG 2

(3) Machold colour
Rare colour image of upcoming ace. Werner Machold pictured with his
Knights Cross, this was awarded after his 20th victory. (Via Parker).

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless with special thanks to Nigel Parker. December 2015.
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