View Full Version : Battle of Britain..Spitfires land in Field next to LW Bomber and Rescue Crew?

04-07-2008, 02:36 PM
Hi all,

I'm looking for a link relating to two Spitfires that shot down a Luftwaffe bomber during the BoB. The bomber force landed in a field and the two Spitfires landed alongside in the same field and the pilots helped rescue the crew.

The incident as I remember,took place in the Bristol area.

I read about this several years ago but have lost the link.

Many thanks http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif.


04-10-2008, 03:18 AM
There is one handy way to look for such 'lost' links.

If you are able to remember any phrase word-by-word then you may find the text with google search.

04-10-2008, 10:54 AM
There is this one


Aircraft and aircrew lost whilst flying sorties to targets in the Bristol area.

04.07.40: Target BAC Filton: III/KG 54.

He 111P, Wnr.2480, B3+DM (previously used by 4/KG 54)

Ltn. Hans-Heinrich Delfs (F) killed

Uffz. Gerhard Bischoff (B) killed

Uffz. Hermann Krack (Bs) killed

Uffz. Heinz Karwelat (Bf) POW injured

Intercepted on return flight over Weston-s-Mare and severely damaged by Spitfires of Yellow Section , 92 Sq. (Pembrey) - P/O. H.D.Edwards, P/O. C.H.Saunders and Sgt. R.H.Fokes. Crashed at 15.25 hrs at Longmoor Farm, Gillingham, Dorset. Saunders and Fokes landed alongside the wreck and assisted in rescue work.

And this one

A Heinkel He 111P was forced to land, with smoke streaming from its port engine, at East Coldingham near St Abbs Head, Berwickshire at 12.30. The enemy aircraft landed in a field in a very remote spot, and as Sq Ldr Farquhar (whose kill it was) wanted the authorities to examine the Heinkel, he decided to land his Spitfire beside it, to prevent the Germans from destroying their plane, he landed his plane alongside at high speed, the bombers crew looked on in disbelief as it trundled on down the hill and cartwheeled into a bog. They first hauled out their injured rear gunner and set fire to their plane, then ran down the hill to rescue the gallant Squadron Leader, who was suspended upside down by his safety harness, the bomber's crew all took part in this rescue.

This one the Germans made the rescue

04-10-2008, 11:30 AM
Many thanks IFly http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I was starting to wonder if I had imagined seeing it !

Best Regards,

04-10-2008, 01:10 PM
I love these kind of stories, so improper for soldiers from two waring factions which makes it all the more captivating!!

04-10-2008, 03:32 PM
Originally posted by Haigotron:
I love these kind of stories, so improper for soldiers from two waring factions which makes it all the more captivating!!

I agree http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif Amongst the slaughter humanity would at times prevail.

Best Regards,