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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192756
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic H111 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Heinkel He 111H-1
Owner/operator:Geschwaderstab /KG 26 Luftwaffe
Registration: 1H+??
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, 5 miles east of Amble, Northumberland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
The Northumberland Police reported that at 09:35 an enemy aircraft was shot down over the North Sea, five miles East of Amble, Northumberland. Acting on Admiralty instructions, a motor boat and patrol vessels carried out a search of the vicinity but no survivors were found. This aircraft was a Heinkel He 111H-1 of Geschwaderstab/KG 26, shot down by Hurricane N2340 of No 111 Squadron, from RAF Acklington, piloted by Squadron Leader Harry Broadhurst (Commanding Officer of 111 Sqaudron).

The German aircraft was pursued out to sea, with the attacking aircraft being as close as 150 yards. The stricken bomber was seen to plunge vertically downwards through cloud cover trailing billowing smoke. Squadron Leader Broadhurst did not see the bomber crash into the sea, but this was later confirmed by land based observers. This combat became the first aerial victory of World War II for 111 Squadron.

NOTE: The official Squadron Diary (RAF Form 540) for 111 Squadron records that the combat intercept took place "On the 29th November 1939, whilst patrolling 8 miles off the coast near Alnwick at 08:25 hours local time". However, the aircraft was seen to crash into the North Sea 5 miles east of Amble


4. Luftwaffe Losses over Northumberland and Durham: 1939-1945 By Bill Norman pages 24-25

Revision history:

12-Jan-2017 00:12 Dr. John Smith Added
12-Jan-2017 00:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Narrative]
02-Dec-2019 19:07 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
09-Dec-2019 11:35 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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