German Bomber Wreckage Uncovered

Airframe structure of the He 111 emerge on the foreshore at Blakeney, Norfolk, after recent storms and coastal erosion.

RECENT STORMS and tidal erosion have uncovered the wreckage of a Luftwaffe bomber shot down at Blakeney on the Norfolk coast just prior to the Battle of Britain, reports James McNally.

On 19 June 1940, twelve Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Stab.II/KG4 were detailed to carry out a nighttime attack on the RAF airfields at Honington and Mildenhall and which would result in the loss of five of the raiding force. The attack was undertaken under cover of darkness on the basis that the RAF’s night-fighter defences were inadequate to non-existent. As it happened, and although there was good reason to doubt the efficacy of the RAF’s night fighters at this time, the defenders just happened to be up in force that night.

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