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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 189259
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Date:03-APR-1940
Time:12:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic H111 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Heinkel He 111H-2
Owner/operator:Stab II./KG 26 Luftwaffe
Registration: 1H+AC
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, off Redcar, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Lübeck-Blankensee, Germany
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Heinkel He111H-3, 1H+AC, of Lübeck-Blankensee based Stab II/KG26. was forced to ditch into the sea off Redcar, North Yorkshire at 12.45 on April 3rd 1940 after combat with Flight Lt Ryder of No 41 Squadron who also ditched when his Spitfire N3114 crashed after return fire damaged his machine; he was picked up by the fishing boat 'Alaska'. The five man crew of the Heinkel were picked up and captured. Flight Lt Ryder was awarded the DFC after this incident and is recorded as the first home based pilot to be shot down by an enemy aircraft.

Crew of Heinkel He 111H-2:
Oberstlt Hans Hefele (Gruppenkommandeur), (Ff)
Lt Rudolf Gustav-Adolf Behnisch, (Bf)
Uffz Albert Wilhelm Johannes Heinrich Weber and (Bm)
Uffz Alfred Bächle unhurt, (Beo)
Lt Georg Kempe (Gruppe NO)

All injured

Sources:

1. http://www.santafe.gov.ar/hemerotecadigital/diario/18837/?page=2
2. https://ne-diary.genuki.uk/Inc/ISeq_03.html
3. https://www.seekanddestroy.info/blog/41-squadrons-first-dfc-of-world-war-ii-3-april-1940
4. http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showpost.php?p=152089&postcount=5
5. http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=29895


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Aug-2016 17:46 TB Added
25-Apr-2019 23:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Dec-2019 15:38 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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