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Crash Site Dornier Do 17Z F1-FS

This Dornier do 17Z was downed by Dundas, Keough and Appleby on 15 September 1940. It carried an unusual flame thrower defensive mechanism. Ray Holmes almost crashed into the plane when his windscreen was covered in oil.

"I made my attack on this bomber and he spurted out a lot of oil, just a great stream over my aeroplane, blotting out my windscreen. I couldn't see a damn thing. Then, as the windscreen cleared, I suddenly found myself going straight into his tail. So I stuck my stick forward and went under him, practically grazing my head on his belly."
- Holmes

The crew list of the Dornier Do 17Z:
Heitsch, R. (unhurt)
Pfeiffer, H. (wounded
Sauer, M. (wounded)
Schmid, Stefan (killed)

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  • Text: Kaj Metz
  • Photos: Wikimedia Commons
  • Battle of Britain: July–October 1940 - An Oral History of Britain's 'Finest Hour', Matthew Parker, p. 292.

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