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  1. jamied says

    This aircraft was captured on the 10th July 1941.

    The German pilot referred to in the shots list was Rolf Pingel, who flew over 550 combat missions during the Spanish Civil War and then WWII.

  2. AlanJM says


    Pilot: Hauptmann (Kmdr) Rolf Pingel POW (26 victories and holder of the Knights Cross - 14.09.40) was shot down by Spitfires whilst over the Channel attacking a number of Short Stirling bombers returning from a mission. The attack damaged his engine and with both oil and water temperatures rising it was impossible for him to return to base. On reaching Dover he succeeded in making a landing in a cornfield near to St. Margaret's Bay. Pingel climbed out and was about to set fire to the aircraft, when a detachment of the local Home Guard arrived and took him prisoner. His Me Bf 109F was the first example to be captured intact and was repaired and evaluated by the RAF though it was eventually destroyed on the 20th October 1941 killing its Polish pilot F/O J. Skalski.

    from http://www.aircrewremembrancesociety.com/luft1941/pingel.html

  3. AlanJM says


    Pilot: Hauptmann (Kmdr) Rolf Pingel POW (26 victories and holder of the Knights Cross - 14.09.40) was shot down by Spitfires whilst over the Channel attacking a number of Short Stirling bombers returning from a mission. The attack damaged his engine and with both oil and water temperatures rising it was impossible for him to return to base. On reaching Dover he succeeded in making a landing in a cornfield near to St. Margaret's Bay. Pingel climbed out and was about to set fire to the aircraft, when a detachment of the local Home Guard arrived and took him prisoner. His Me Bf 109F was the first example to be captured intact and was repaired and evaluated by the RAF though it was eventually destroyed on the 20th October 1941 killing its Polish pilot F/O J. Skalski.

    from http://www.aircrewremembrancesociety.com/luft1941/pingel.html

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