• Short Summary

    A captured German plane, a Messerschmitt 109f, is displayed to cameras at airfield.

  • Description

    Title reads: "A Present from the Nazis".

    Airfield somewhere in Kent.

    Various good shots of a Messerschmitt 109F as it is pulled from a hangar by mechanics. The plane was captured after it had made a forced landing near St Margaret's Bay, the propellers are damaged. Narrator describes the German pilot, Captain Pingel, as "a Prussian Officer who wears corsets and claims to have destroyed 22 British aircraft".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1099.21
    Media URN:
    38325
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    31/07/1941
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:31:25:00 / 01:31:59:00
    Canister:
    41/61

Comments (3)

  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.

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  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

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    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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