THAMESIDE AVIATION MUSEUM


MESSERSCHMITT Bf IIO

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7th 1940

Excavated,23rd september 1984

 

 

MESSERSCHMITT Bf 110/D-O

WERK No3334, 11/ZG2, A2+NH

SHOT DOWN BY PILOT. OFFICER. LANGHAM-HOBART. OF 73 SQUADRON, BASED AT DEBDEN, ESSEX.

The crew of the 110 were, Lt. Schönemann, and Uffz. Meschede were both killed.

This aircraft proved to be a bit of a problem to find, Roger was convinced that there was something left of the 110, we knew that the Me had crashed in the field we were looking in but for the best part of eleven years no parts were uncovered.

One Sunday just after the crop had been removed from the field, Roger called and said he wanted to go to the site, this day it was very still with no wind, which does tend to make a noise in the headphones, and with Roger lying flat on the ground looking for a depression of some kind in the field, "here it is" he says and the metal detector picks up a very faint reading, then a couple of very small bits of aluminium are found, Roger has done it again he has found it by looking.

THE DIG

The excavator is booked for the following weekend and it is over 1.6m down before it stars to bring up parts of the Messechmitt,now we slow things down and dig with spades to uncover what we have found, which turns out to be one of the main undercarriage legs followed by two engine mounts followed by the back of the engine.

After much digging with spades the engine was finally ready to be pulled free and again airbone as it was lifted out of the hole.

The Messerschmitt has a new display complete with engine and main undercarriage leg at the museum.

 

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