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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22340
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Date:03-FEB-1940
Time:11:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic H111 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Heinkel He 111H-3
Owner/operator:2. Staffel I./KG 26 Luftwaffe
Registration: 1H+GK
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, 15 miles east of Tynemouth, Northumberland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
He11H-3 (1H+GK) of 2. Staffel I/KG 26 Schleswig, Luftwaffe. The aircraft was shot down by Sgt Frank Reginald "Chotau" Carey and Sgt Peter Guy "Oleou" Ottewill in Hurricanes L1726 and L1849 FT-E of Yellow Section, 43 Squadron RAF Acklington, aircraft crashed into the sea. The Heinkel remained afloat long enough for the crew to escape, but not long enough to inflate their dingy

The survivors were rescued by the trawler Harlech Castle. Peter Ottewill was later commissioned and earned the George Medal for rescuing the crew of a crash landed Beaufighter and Frank Carey ended up as a Group Captain with the CBE, DFC**AFC, DFM & US Silver Star. Two of the five crew of the He111H-3 were killed:

Ofw Fritz Wiemer pilot, PoW
Fw Franz Schnee observer, PoW
Uffz Alfred Dietrich wireless operator, PoW
Uffz Willi Wolff mechanic, killed
Uffz Karl-Ernst Thiede gunner, killed

Uffz Karl Ernst Thiede, gunner, disappeared beneath the waves before he could be rescued (later recovered and buried at Scartho Road Cemetery, Grimsby, Plot 116, Row I, Gr 1.

Sources:

1. http://ne-diary.genuki.uk/Inc/ISeq_02.html
2. http://www.aircrewremembered.com/KrackerDatabase/?q=Wiemer+Fritz


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Aug-2008 10:14 Anon. Added
09-Nov-2012 15:47 Uli Elch Updated [Registration, Operator, Phase, Narrative]
25-Apr-2018 13:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
09-Dec-2019 11:32 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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