Date & Time: Jun 26, 1940 at 0017 LT
Type of aircraft:
Heinkel He.111
Operator:
Registration:
5J+BL
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Military
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Wittmundhafen - Wittmundhafen
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
4
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a mission to Birmingham. While approaching the British coast by night, the twin engine aircraft was shot down by the pilot of a RAF Spitfire and crashed into the mouth of the Humber, off Grimsby. All four crew members were killed.
Crew (3. Staffel I/KG 4):
Lt Helmut Furcht, pilot,
Hptmn Heinz Schröder, observer,
Ofw Martin Hartel, wireless operator,
Fw Eugen Seitz, engineer.
Probable cause:
Shot down by a RAF fighter.