First Enemy Aircraft Shot down

First Enemy Aircraft Shot down

Joined: May 5th, 2012, 6:01 pm

July 15th, 2012, 7:32 pm #1

While on holiday in Whitby North Yorkshire I found this Memorial in relation to the first enemy aircraft shot down.It was a HE 111 and was shot down Peter Townsend and crash landedat Bannial Flat Farm, Whitby, Yorkshire. Townend gained some notoriety in the 1950s over his romantic involvement with Princess Margaret.

http://s1056.photobucket.com/albums/t36 ... /Memorial/

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Joined: July 4th, 2012, 7:49 am

July 17th, 2012, 10:12 am #2

Could you please tell me exactly where it is? We are regular visitors to the Whitby area and I have not come across this before. I would love to see it.
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Joined: June 15th, 2012, 7:23 pm

July 18th, 2012, 4:25 pm #3

While on holiday in Whitby North Yorkshire I found this Memorial in relation to the first enemy aircraft shot down.It was a HE 111 and was shot down Peter Townsend and crash landedat Bannial Flat Farm, Whitby, Yorkshire. Townend gained some notoriety in the 1950s over his romantic involvement with Princess Margaret.

http://s1056.photobucket.com/albums/t36 ... /Memorial/
This aircraft was on a recce mission trying to locate the battleship Hood believed to have been anchored somewhere in Scotland. At least two of the crew survived after drifting for about four days in their dinghy.
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Joined: May 5th, 2012, 6:01 pm

July 20th, 2012, 8:06 am #4

Could you please tell me exactly where it is? We are regular visitors to the Whitby area and I have not come across this before. I would love to see it.
when you come to the round about at the end of the A169 its just on your left hand a little further up the grass verge on the A171 the farm is opposite.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll= ... 2&t=h&z=19
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Joined: May 5th, 2012, 6:01 pm

July 20th, 2012, 8:13 am #5

This aircraft was on a recce mission trying to locate the battleship Hood believed to have been anchored somewhere in Scotland. At least two of the crew survived after drifting for about four days in their dinghy.
all 3 crew members crashed in the HE111 nr whitby one was killed in the crash landing one was rushed to whitby hospital but died of his injuries and the pilot survived he died in 1974.
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Joined: November 10th, 2003, 4:11 pm

July 20th, 2012, 4:00 pm #6

Aircraft:
Heinkel 111H-3
Code: 1H-FM w/nr.2323

Crew:
Fw.Hermann Wilms - Pilot -POW
Uffz.Rudolf Leushake - Observer - Killed
Uffz.Karl Missy - Wireless operator - POW
Uffz.Johann Meyer - Mechanic - Killed

Mission:
Attacking shipping off the Farne Islands near Berwick Upon Tweed in Northumberland.

Date:
3rd February 1940

Resting Place:
Leushake and Meyer were burried at Catterick in North Yorkshire on 6th February 1940.
Since removed and burried in the German War Cemetery at Cannock Chase in Staffordshire.

Memorial Plaque:
In June 1945 NYCC erected a plaque at Bannial Farm near Whitby, it can be seen on a Stone Pillar at Sleight Lane End, which is at the junction of the A171 and A169.



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Joined: June 15th, 2012, 7:23 pm

July 20th, 2012, 6:39 pm #7

Should have checked aircraft number before opening trap. F6+PK was the Heinkel looking for Hood when spotted and attacked by 3 spitfires from 41 Sqdn. 17th October 1939. Ditched in sea 2 crew members Hochstuhl & Lange washed ashore in dinghy near Whitby 2 days later. Mistake rectified.
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Joined: November 10th, 2003, 4:11 pm

July 26th, 2012, 2:06 pm #8

You were correct Heinkel 111 (F6+PK) was the first German plane shot down over the UK but as you said crashed into the sea on 17th October 1939, off Whitby.

The Heinkel 111 (1H+FM) on the memorial at Sleights Lane End was the first German aircraft to crash (3rd February 1940)on British soil.
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