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« on: February 12, 2017, 16:39:31 PM »

The Heinkel He 59 was a twin-engine, twin-float biplane. One such, of Seenotflugkommando and carrying the German civil registration D-ASUO, set off from Boulogne on 9 July 1940 in search of the pilot of a Messerschmitt Bf 109 that had been shot down over the Channel off Ramsgate. It was piloted by U/O Helmut Bartmann, who was accompanied by U/O Walters Anders as his observer, U/O Erich Schiele as his wireless operator and F/W Gunter Maywald as his flight engineer.  Although unarmed and carrying Red Cross markings, it was attacked by a Spitfire of 54 Squadron flown by P/O J.L.Allen. Whilst he was credited with it as a 'kill', it alighted on the Goodwin Sands at 20:00 with no more damage than a broken fuel feed pipe. The good people of Ramsgate obviously alerted the RNLI to this unwelcome visitor, for the Walmer lifboat was launched. The lifeboat took the seaplane in tow and it was beached near the lifeboat station. Although allocated for evaluation, it never made it to the MAEE at Felixstowe but was broken up in situ on the beach at Walmer. It is said that souvenir hunters lent a hand in the execution of this task.

The attached photograph shows the beached Heinkel, presumably beached at Walmer rather than on the Goodwin Sands - unless the lifeboat crew had been augmented by military personnel, one of whom can be seen, in the photograph, standing smartly to attention whilst the aeroplane and he were photographed!

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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2017, 17:41:54 PM »

Dover Express - Friday 02 August 1940

THE GERMAN RED CROSS PLANE
A German Red Cross Seaplane, which was anchored in Dover Harbour last week, has been a subject of some speculation. It had been towed to Dover from Walmer beach, where it had been since early in the month. The machine was white with red crosses on the wings and fuselage and swastikas on the tail. It was a twin engined seaplane.

An Air Ministry communique on Monday night dealt with the subject:-  For some time past aircraft of the Royal Air Force have observed German seaplanes, painted white and marked with the Red Cross, flying over British convoys within a few miles of the British coast. These aircraft, which are fitted with wireless, are known to make valuable reconnaissance on behalf of the enemy and to be used for general salvage purposes. Early in July two such aircraft were forced down, one a few miles from Hartlepool and the other in the English Channel near Walmer. The crews were made prisoners of war. The log book of one of the captured aircraft showed that under cover of the Red Cross emblem it had been used as a communication aircraft by General-Major Tittel, commander of an infantry division, and his adjutant, and also that it had been used to make bogus war films for the German War News Service. Two more Red Cross machines were brought down on Sunday.



I'm 99% sure that this is the same aircraft, as it's the right month (July) and the right beach (Walmer). Seems from the above that it was towed into Dover Harbour later that month, rather than being broken up on the beach. Minus whatever went walkies beforehand, of course  Cheesy

Another report from the Thanet Advertiser suggests that this seaplane was 'captured' by the trawler Vincia and towed to shore by that vessel.
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2017, 21:06:19 PM »

There are always two sides - at least - to a story!
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