Dover Express - Friday 02 August 1940THE 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
Another report from the Thanet Advertiser suggests that this seaplane was 'captured' by the trawler Vincia
and towed to shore by that vessel.