Crashed WWII Nazi War Plane In Norfolk Beach Is Dug Out By Elderly Resident Using A 99P Spade
9Only 16,000 existed
The Junkers 88 was manufactured by the German Airforce that produced 16,000 pieces only. It was the backbone of the German airforce and wreaked havoc during the bombing of London. As per records dug out, the JU88 crashed off the Norfolk coast on 3rd of may 1941. There is a large section of the plane missing.
10The bomber was shot down over Skegness
The bomber may have been shot down over Skegness by a Boulton Paul Defiant night-fighting aircraft of the RAF 151 squadron. Gleadell says “It’s still buried on the beach, maybe not to be seen for another few years again if the shingle bank moves back over it. That is possibly why it’s not been seen too often since the 70s. “It would take some major lifting equipment to move it and it’s not in an easy place to reach with the cliffs, high shingle bank, tides, and soft sand and so on.”
11It should be part of a war museum
Gleadell feels sit would be nice to see the plane dug up and taken to a war museum, but unfortunately, tats going to be tough since it would be a major task to dig the plane out especially since it is always underwater and only visible in low tide which is seldom.
12The JU88 was the man German bomber used in battle of Britain
Incidentally, the Battle of Britain, a long drawn one of the second world war was fought totally in the skies. The battle saw two major emblems of aerial war make their mark in the skies, the British Hurricane and the speedy fast Spitfire. While The Germans Me109 and 110 outclassed the Hurricanes, they were no match for the Spitfire. Even though, there were more Hurricanes than Spitfires, the latter became the dominant force in the skies and the backbone of the RAF.
It was the Spitfire that was used extensively in shooting down several German Doniers and Junker JU88 bombers during the war.