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    Default Air raid on 7.3.1941 in Cranwell area

    Hi all,

    I would like to ask for help in following matter:

    One WOP trainne based at the time in Cranwell wrote about an air raid warning on 7th Match 1941 and that there were Heinkels.

    Also he mentioned that one Heinkel was hot down on this occasion.

    I was trying to find out any details about this raid and the possibly casualty but still no luck.

    I am not able to find any claim on the British side so maybe the He 111 was shot down by the AA?

    The only details which may fit into this story is raid on Ransome and Marles factory:

    http://www.coddington.org.uk/index.php/20th-century/175-ransome-a-marles-air-raid-1941


    Any help much appreciated.

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Hello Pavel,

    From John Foreman's "1941 the turning point - part 1" : "7th March 1941 - During the afternoon, Flight Lieutenant Ballantyne of 255 Squadron claimed a Heinkel damaged near Kirton-on-Lindsay. The Royal Navy enjoyed more success however. A Bf110 of 2./E.Gr.210, briefed to attack targets near Harwich, was engaged by guners aboard HMS Guillemot. The Messerschmitt, 'S9+IK' flown by Feldwebel Konrad Fleischmann, took direct hits and crashed into the sea. A similar fate befell the 2./KG 3 Do17 of Oberleutnant Kunst, which was engaged by AA gunners near Gorleston at 07.35 hours and shot down into the sea. One man was killed and the others were captured".

    In the tabulated losses, the Dornier is shown as 3391 5K+MK. The Bf110E1 was3827 S9+IK. no Heinkel lost, but two Junkers Ju-88 belly-landed / crashlanded in Germany (20 and 30 % damage respectively) and another Dornier of KG 3 crashed in Belgium.

    Joss

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    Many thanks Joss for the quick reply.
    As I was thinking nothing what can fit:-( All places are far from Cranwell..
    Unfortunately I do not know if this note was done on account of his witness or just sencond day when reading newspapers...

    Anyway it is good that I have confirmation that according to this sopurce no He 111 was lost.


    Pavel
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