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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22430
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Time:11:15 BST
Type:Silhouette image of generic H111 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Heinkel He 111H-3
Owner/operator:Kampfstaffel 2./I./KG 26 Luftwaffe
Registration: 1H+GK
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
Departure airport:Lubeck-Blankensee, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Destination airport:
The aircraft was shot down by F/O Caesar Hull, F/O 'Crackers' Carswell and P/O Harold North in Hurricanes of 43 Squadron from RAF Acklington. With both engines out of commission, Pilot Ofw Fritz Wiemer had to ditch the aircraft. The aircraft remained afloat long enough for the crew to escape, and it ditched into the North Sea, 15 miles East of Tynemouth, Northumberland.

F/O Caesar Hull buzzed the floating aircraft as the crew members were climbing into their dinghy, forcing them all to dive into the sea. (They all later climbed back into the dingy and set course for the coast). Four crew were picked up by the trawler Harlech Castle, but Uffz Karl Ernst Thiede, air gunner, disappeared beneath the waves before he could be rescued (body later recovered and buried at Scartho Road Cemetery, Grimsby, Plot 116, Row I, Grave 1). Remaining crew:

Fw Franz Schnee, Observer, survived, captured, taken as POW,
Uffz Alfred Dittrich, wireless operator, survived, captured, taken as POW
Uffz Willi Wolff, mechanic, rescued but died of wounds sustained before the trawler, Harlech Castle, reached shore.
Obfw Franz Weimer, Pilot, survived, captured, taken as POW


5. Luftwaffe Losses over Northumberland and Durham: 1939-1945 By Bill Norman - pages 30-34

Revision history:

07-Aug-2008 23:12 Anon. Added
19-Oct-2009 13:03 JINX Updated
09-Nov-2012 15:44 Uli Elch Updated [Operator, Narrative]
06-Jan-2017 20:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
08-Jan-2017 22:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Sep-2018 22:40 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Dec-2019 11:29 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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