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« on: October 02, 2011, 20:00:52 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2011, 20:48:03 PM »

Date: 10th July 1941

Time: 1.40 p.m

Unit: Stab I / Jagdgeschwader 26 Schlageterì

Type: Messerschmitt Bf 109F-2

Werke/Nr. 12764

Location: St. Margarets Bay, near Dover, Kent.

Pilot: Hauptmann (Kmdr) Rolf Pingel POW (26 victories and holder of the Knights Cross - 14.09.40)

REASON FOR LOSS

This aircraft was shot down by Spitfires whilst attacking a number of Short Stirling bombers returning from a mission.
The attack by the Spitfires rendered his engine damaged, with both oil and water tempertures rising at an alarming rate it was impossible for him to return across the Channel. The only alternativewould be to try and reach the English coast.
On reaching Dover he succeded in making a landing in a cornfield near to St. Margarets Bay. Rolf climbed out and was about to set fire to the aircraft, when a detachment of the local Home Guard arrived on the scene and took him prisoner.
His Messerschmitt Bf 109F was the first example to be captured intact. It was repaired and evaluated by the RAF with its new serial number ES906. The aircraft was eventually 100% destroyed on the 20th October 1941 killing its Polish pilot F/O J. Skalski.

from http://www.aircrewremembrancesociety.com/luft1941/pingel.html which also holds images of the aircraft and the pilot.
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2012, 17:16:55 PM »

HC Deb 07 August 1941 vol 373 cc2105-6W

Mr. Garro Jones
asked the Minister of Aircraft Production what is the calibre and rate of fire per minute of the Messer-schmitt ME 109F which landed in Kent on 10th July; and how this Mauser cannon compares in these respects with the cannon fitted in the latest model Spitfire which fell into enemy hands?

Mr. Montague
The Mauser cannon in the Messerschmitt ME 109F which landed in Kent is of 20 mm. calibre, and the rate of fire is approximately 780 rounds a minute. It would not be in the public interest to give comparative figures for the latest Spitfire which has fallen into enemy hands as its guns may not have been in a condition to allow the enemy to obtain much information.

Mr. Garro Jones
asked the Minister of Aircraft Production, with reference to the Messerschmitt ME 109 FI, which landed in Britain on 10th July, on what date its armament was tested by his officials; on what date the result of these tests, and opportunities to inspect the aircraft, were given to the Press; and to what organs of the Press were these facilities specifically offered?

Mr. Montague
Apart from details of a general nature, the results so far obtained of the armament tests on the M.E. 109 FI have not been disclosed to the Press. Facilities were, however, given to the principal daily newspapers, the technical journals and the Press agencies to inspect this machine on 23rd July. Tests are proceeding.
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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2012, 16:39:26 PM »

More on Rolf Pingel here on Aces of the Luftwaffe website:-
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Rolf Pingel was born on 1 October 1913 at Kiel. Following completion of his flying training, Leutnant Pingel was posted to the newly formed I./JG 134 based at Wiesbaden-Erbenheim on 15 March 1937. Pingel served in the Spanish Civil War with the Condor Legion from September 1937. Leutnant Pingel was assigned to 2. Staffel of J 88. He recorded six victories, flying some 200 missions, during his service in Spain. He was awarded the Spanienkreuz in Gold mit Schwerten for his achievements in that conflict.
On his return to Germany, Pingel was appointed Staffelkapitän of 2./JG 334 on 1 October 1937. On 1 November 1938, 2./JG 334 was redesignated 2./JG 133 and  2./JG 53 on 1 March 1939.
Oberleutnant Pingel shot down a French Mureaux 113 army reconnaisance aircraft over Saarlautern on 10 September 1939 for his first victory in World War 2. On 30 September, he led 2./JG 53 in a successful interception of five RAF Battle single-engine bombers attempting a reconnaisance over the Saarbrücken-Merzig area. Four of the bombers were shot down, including one claimed by Pingel, and the fifth crash-landed on its return to base and was destroyed.
On 5 June 1940, Hauptmann Werner Mölders was shot down by French fighters to become a prisoner of war. Hauptmann Pingel was temporarily placed in command of III./JG 53 to replace Mölders. On 11 June, Pingel shot down two French Morane fighters to record his 7th and 8th victories of World War 2. Pingel relinquished temporary command of III./JG 53 to Hauptmann Harro Harder (22 victories, killed in action 12 August 1940) in July 1940. He returned as Staffelkapitän to 2./JG 53. On 22 August 1940, Hauptmann Pingel reported to JG 26 to take up the role of Gruppenkommandeur of I. Gruppe. He was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 14 September for 15 victories.
On 28 September, Pingel shot down a RAF Hurricane fighter over Maidstone but his own aircraft, Bf 109 E-4 (W.Nr. 3756), was badly damaged in the combat. He ditched near Hastings and was rescued by the German air-sea rescue services. It is thought that Pingel’s victim in this engagement was the South African ace Albert Lewis (16 destroyed, 2.5 probable and 2 damaged victories) of 249 Sqn, RAF who baled out badly burned. It is also thought that Pingel was, in turn, shot down by British ace John Beard (6 destroyed, 1 probable and 3 damaged victories) of 249 Sqn, RAF.
Pingel achieved his 20th victory of World War 2 on 22 June 1941, when he shot down a RAF Spitfire fighter near Dunkirk in an engagement with Circus No. 18 attacking Hazebrouck. Circus No. 42 targeted Chocques on 10 July 1941. Three RAF Stirling four-engine bombers, accompanied by their fighter escort, were intercepted by Pingel’s I./JG 26. Pingel followed a damaged Stirling bomber back to England, further damaging its tail section. However, the gunners’ return fire hit his Bf 109 F-2 (W.Nr. 12 764) coded “<< +” in the engine. He descended to low altitude but was intercepted by Spitfires. He force-landed his aircraft in a grain field near Dover and was taken into captivity. He was promoted to the rank of Major during his imprisonment.
Rolf Pingel was credited with 28 victories in 550 combat missions, including 200 flown during the Spanish Civil War. Included in his total are six victories gained during the Spanish Civil War. All his World War 2 victories were recorded over the Western front. He was one of 1,126 recipients of the Spanish Cross in Gold with Swords

The Aircrew Remembrance Society has another photo showing the propellor blades severely bent, indicating that it may have force landed with undercarriage retracted. I'm surprised this didn't overstrain the engine, but by then we probably had quite a few replacements that could have been fitted!
Sad postscript about the Polish pilot killed while assessing the capabilities of the aircraft so that successful counter attacks could be developed by the RAF.
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2014, 10:38:03 AM »

Apparently the reason for the final, fatal crash of this aircraft, when being operated out of RAF Duxford, was that the pilot suffered carbon monoxide poisoning. It crashed at Fowlmere in Cambridgeshire.
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2015, 06:34:12 AM »

© IWM (MH 31315)
Object description: Messerschmitt Bf 109F-2, ES906, (the aircraft force-landed near Dover by the commander of I/JG26, Major Rolf Peter Pingel), in RAF day-fighter camouflage, on the ground at RAF Duxford while being operated by the Air Fighting Development Unit, October 1941.

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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2018, 07:20:39 AM »

The Sphere - Saturday 02 August 1941

HOW CAPTAIN PINGEL'S LATEST TYPE AIRCRAFT LANDED AT ST. MARGARET'S BAY IN THE EARLY DAYS OF JULY

The pilot managed to escape from the crash, but was held up by a passing motorist armed with a car starting-handle. He was then handed over to two soldiers.

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