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Author Topic: Dornier Crash-Landing at Leaves Green. 18th August 1940.  (Read 220 times)

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Offline grandarog

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Re: Dornier Crash-Landing at Leaves Green. 18th August 1940.
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2018, 13:31:33 »
There were an estimated 10,000 Aircraft crashes (Allied and Enemy)on British soil and coastal waters during WW2. quite a lot would have been in Kent .You may find  more detailed numbers if you research a bit. I think "The Blitz Then and Now "has loads of info.

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Re: Dornier Crash-Landing at Leaves Green. 18th August 1940.
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2018, 10:20:12 »
Does anybody know just how many enemy aircraft ended up on Kent soil during the Battle of Britain?
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Dornier Crash-Landing at Leaves Green. 18th August 1940.
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2018, 22:15:11 »
Dornier Do17Z-2. F1+DT of 9 Staffel, lll Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 76, based at Cormeilles-en-Vexin in northern France.
Pilot Oberleutnant Rudolf Lamberty. The aircraft was also carrying Hauptmann Joachim Roth, commander of 9 Staffel.

On the 18th August 1940 9 Staffel was detailed to make a low level attack on RAF Kenley in Surrey, part of a series of heavy attacks on RAF Fighter Command in what would become known as The Hardest Day. Of the nine bombers of 9 Staffel that took part in the attack, 4 were shot down, two seriously damaged and three slightly damaged,

Dornier F1+DT was hit in the left wing by AAA fire from Kenley. On fire and losing speed, fuel, altitude and under attack from a Hurricane, the aircraft flew northeast and came under rifle fire from the 4th Platoon of the Chislehurst Home Guard at St Paul's Cray. The order was given to abandon the aircraft and three crew members bailed out, two being injured due to the low altitude. Hptm Roth and Oblt Lamberty, both wounded, remained in the aircraft which made a crash-landing at Leaves Green near Biggin Hill at 13. 22hrs. All crew members became POWs.

Home Guard Shoot Down a Bomber. British Pathe. ( 0 to .33. ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu7zC26z1CA
The chap speaking is, I believe, Lt Col C R B Chiesman.

 

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