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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 122581
Last updated: 20 November 2018
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Date:26-MAY-1940
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic me11 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Messerschmitt Bf 110 C
Owner/operator:Luftwaffe, I/ZG 2
Registration:
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Neufchateau (Perchepet) -   Belgium
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Neufchateau
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Major Johannes "Hannes" Gentzen, Germany's First Ace of WWII - KIA - buried at Neubrandenburg-Neuer Friedhof; gunner, Leutenant Hartwig Domeier - KIA - buried at HAMBURG OHLSDORF
During a raid by a pair of RAF Blenheims, Major Gentzen raced for the squadrons one serviceable Bf-110 to give chase to the fleeing RAF bombers. In their haste to make a quick take-off, neither man had strapped themselves in properly. On take-off, the tail of the straining Bf-110 clipped the tops of the trees bordering the end of the airfield and the aircraft cart-wheeled into the ground, killing the two occupants instantly

Sources:

Centre de documentation Brussels Air Museum
http://www.danielsww2.com/HildebrandtGentzen.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-May-2011 13:56 ThW Added
09-Jun-2011 13:03 ThW Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Jun-2011 13:26 ThW Updated [Phase]
16-Jun-2011 11:42 ThW Updated [Narrative]
10-Jan-2012 06:56 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
25-Jul-2013 18:34 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]

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