Friday, May 01, 2009

Digging Deeper

While pursuing my search for Lt Hafner's missing 'Dog Tags' last night, I visited the house of one local aviation historian who has an 'Aladdin's Cave' of items recovered from the beaches around Thanet.

While I was aware that a number of aircraft had either crashed or made forced landings on the beaches round our coast during the Second World War, I was quite surprised to discover the density of crash sites, both British and German that litter the beaches. For example in the stretch between Nayland Rock and West Bay, we have a Whitley Bomber, a Hawker Hurricane and of course the Liberator at Westgate. Possibly more.

I'm hopeful that I'l have some good news about the Dog Tags mystery soon. Meanwhile, here's an interesting YouTube clip of some 'Battle of Britain' action.

One similar "Frei jagd" raid wreaked some havoc in Westgate I'm told and my mother recalled a yellow-nosed ME109 barrelling down Westgate Bay Avenue with guns blazing. A few years ago, I managed to research that particular raid and narrowed down the pilot responsible to one of two men of JG26 flying in from Abbeville.

2 comments:

Tony Beachcomber said...

Simon,

It is an interesting collection especialy the items from the Typhoon and the Minnis wreck.
That guy IS the best digger in the Westgate/ Birch/ Minnis coastal area and knows everything anyone needs to know about that stretch of coastline when he his ready he will have other things to show you.

Tony Beachcomber said...

Simon,

I had a chat today with a Ramsgate fisherman who is working pots off Broadstairs at the moment.He knows of a wartime aircraft that is on the seabed and it is breaking up. He does not know if it is one of theirs or one of ours.It is definately breaking up and eventually some pieces will turn up on the Thanetcoastline.