German Air Raids-1940

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colly.2
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German Air Raids-1940

Post by colly.2 » Sun Nov 30, 2003 7:29 pm

Am researching details of Luftwaffe (KG) air raids on Driffield and particularly a Junkers 88 which was shot down and displayed on some waste ground near the Brig cinema in Filey.
To the best of my recollection probably October 1940.
Any details would be much appreciated.
Thanks

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Post by mike j 63 » Tue Dec 02, 2003 1:05 pm

You could try the relevent discussion forums on the following sites:-
http://www.feldgrau.com/
http://www.luftwaffe-experten.co.uk/
http://www.lwag.org/index.php

Hope this helps

Mike J 63

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Post by EddieFell » Thu Dec 11, 2003 2:48 pm

The RAF claimed 15 aircraft destroyed, 8 probably destroyed and 3 damaged on 15/8/40 (day of the main raid on Driffield).
This contrasts with the Luftwaffe loss returns which show that 9 aircraft failed to return with a further 3 crash landing on their return.

Only 2 came down on land in UK

Ju 88C 4D+DR crash landed alongside Bridlington waterworks reservoir, Scarborough Road

Ju 88A-5 crashed at Fraisthorpe (some say Barmston)

From the first aircraft 1 k and 3 pow. All killed from the other.

If the dates coincide then it was probably one of these but I am not in possession of any info to suggest one was displayed - thats not to say it wasn't

Cheers

Eddie

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Post by colly.2 » Sun Dec 14, 2003 5:52 pm

Thanks Eddie[:)]
These were most likely from the KG based at Aarlborg-although I believe there was another raid after the Battle of Britain.Will pursue further also the Hurricane which shot it down(I remember hearing the spent cartridge cases hitting some of the roof-tops in West Avenue!)
Many thanks again
Have a nice Christmas
Colly

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Post by EddieFell » Mon Dec 15, 2003 10:04 am

Colly

Ju 88C from 7/KG30 and Ju 88A from 3/KG30.

Bill Norman (Broken Eagles) asserts that the 88C was shot down by Sgt. James Hopewell of 616 Sqn Leconfield following combat off Flamborough Head. Bridlington Public Library have a photo of this A/C.

The 88A was credited to Sgt A.L McNey of 73 Sqn

Having looked further into my books I can add 2 more aircraft albeit somewhat later than we have been talking about.
On 9 July 1941 2 x Ju 88C crashed at Speeton. It is believed they collided. One came down about 1,000 yds south east of Speeton coastguard station and the other at Millholme Farm Speeton.
The crew from the first (M2+AL) were all captured whilst all in the other were killed. Both were from Ku.Fl.Gr. 3/106 based at Schipol. Very little was left of M2+AL as the crew set fire to it

Hope this doesn't confuse the issue.

Cheers

Eddie

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Post by colly.2 » Sun Dec 28, 2003 7:16 pm

Thanks Eddy-The saga continues[:D]

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Post by Mark23 » Wed Oct 27, 2004 10:00 am

Sgt Pilot James Hopewell of 616 Squadron who claimed a ' kill ' of a Ju 88 at Driffield on Aug 15th 1940 was born in Yorkshire at Bingley.
616 Squadron was then based at Leconfield
He was awarded the DFM on 24.6.41

He was posted to 73 Squadron and then to 151 Squadron and was sadly killed on Jan 21 1941 when he held the rank of Warrant Officer.
His unit then is unknown.
He is buried in Bingley Cemetery.

As he had attended Morningside Road School in Bingley a Memorial Plaque was presented by Cll Stanley King, Lord Mayor of Bradford on behalf of the Battle of Britain Historical Society.

Sgt Pilot Alexander Logan McNAY of 73 Squadron was based at Church Fenton when they were scrambled on Aug 15th to defend Driffield
He was from Glasgow and with 73 in France He actually claimed 2 Ju88s on Aug 15th.
He was lost after combat when his Hurricane P3224 crashed and burned out near Burnham, He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial Panel 17

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Post by Mark23 » Wed Oct 27, 2004 10:27 am

Further to my last

Other members of 616 Squadron based at Leconfield who claimed ' kills ' on August 15th included Flying Officer Hugh Spencer Llsle DUNDAS. He was a Yorkshire born airman, who worked for the Yorkshire Post before the war, one of two brothers in Fighter Command.
On Aug 15th he claimed a Do 17 and share in 2 Ju 88s over Flamborough Head.
He was later awarded the DFC
He retired as Wing Commander in 1945 but remained as a FO with 601 [R Aux AF] Squadron. Later he was Air Correspondent to the Daily Express
Made CBE in 1977 and Knighted in 1987 he was High Sheriff of Surrey in 1989. He died in 1995
As he had attended Aysgarth Prep School, near Bedale, his name was on a plaque of The Battle of Britain Historical Society presnted to the school by the Commander of RAF Leeming jointly with former BoB Pilot Clive Hilken

Sgt Pilot Thomas Emrys WESTMORELAND came from Hudderfield and joined the RAFVR in 1938. He was at Leconfield with 616 and claimed a Ju 88 on Aug 15th
Sadly he failed to return from combat over Canterbury on Aug 25th and is remembered on Runnymede Memorial Panel 20
As he attended Hudderfield Technical College a Battle of Britain Memorial Plaque was presented to Hudderfield New College by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorksshire.

There may be more information on others in Men of the Battle by Ken Wynn. But as I have been involved in the above Presentations they are well known to me.

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Post by Mark23 » Mon Nov 08, 2004 11:03 am

Following on there are articles by the late Hugh Dundas in the new edition of 'Battle of Britain Remembered'. Cam be obtained from WH Smith price £5

He gives an interesting account of the engagement off Flamborough Head

His widow has provided these for publication

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Post by trapper » Thu Dec 15, 2005 7:15 pm

message for colley2
I have comprehensive details of driffield air raids on 15/8/40 and 27/10/40.

If this message reaches you contact me on my e mail addresss jeffreynewbould@yahoo.co.uk
Thanks trapper

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