Crashed WWII Nazi War Plane In Norfolk Beach Is Dug Out By Elderly Resident Using A 99P Spade
5It was a Junkers JU88, the backbone of the Luftwaffe
Upon closer inspection Gleadell found it to be a Junkers 88 or JU88, the German twin engine bomber which was extensively used in the bombing of England in 1940. Several such planes were shot down by the RAF during the battle of Britain.
6He assumed it was an airplane but not the kind he was expecting
Chris Gleadell who is from Sheringham said that when he tripped on the cog and dug around it, he soon found out it was part of the engine of the bomber aircraft. ‘I dug out around it for an hour or so to expose one camshaft. I had an inkling it might be a plane due to the size of the parts.’
7He dug out a major part with a plastic spade
Gleadell dug out a major part of the bomber with his plastic spade. Ultimately high tide soon set in and the plane again disappeared. Gleadell believes that the bomber will again be visible in October during low tide and that the part he dug up was the right wing engine. He feels that it has deteriorated quite a bit but the engine measured 4ftx2ft and there seemed more hidden beneath.
8What local museum curator had to say?
Even though it may be difficult to remove from the spot, Esther Morgan of the Norfolk Museums Service said that she had a chat with Kate Thaxton, curator of the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum. “Kate advised “She advised that the collecting policy for the RNRM is for material that relates directly to the regiment so this wouldn’t qualify. We don’t think there’s another Museums Service collection it would obviously be relevant to, but Kate thought it might find a home in one of the many air museums scattered through the county as it’s an interesting find.”