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10th July 2008, 21:18
At 19:00 hrs on the 22 July 1943 four Hurricanes from the 127 Squadron detachment at Nicosia, Cyprus were scrambled and intercepted a Ju88 above Limassol. The aircraft made a landing at Limassol and was captured intact. Eyewitness acounts claim the pilot was very young.
Does anyone have any more information on this incident?

Graham Boak
10th July 2008, 21:51
Could this be the Romanian defector? I don't know of another ME Ju 88 "capture". If so, the story is told in several places, and the aircraft is in the Smithsonian (not that they call it that any more, but in Washington, anyway).

Andreas Brekken
10th July 2008, 22:35

Think this is the one:


Andreas B

10th July 2008, 23:04
I do not believe there are any Ju 88s at NASM (which is still part of the Smithsonian), but they do have a Ju 388. The last time I saw it, Ju 88 W.Nr. 430650 was still at The US Air Force museum near Dayton,Ohio where it has been for many, many years.

Best Regards,

Artie bob

Graham Boak
10th July 2008, 23:26
Indeed, the USAF Museum.

War Prizes has a photo of this machine, still in Romanian colours but with a very oddly proportioned RAF roundel. It was given the RAF serial HK959. Another Ju 88 was given the serial HK858 from the ME allocation, but no further details are known. I wonder if this is an error, 858 and 959 being the same machine? In which case the dates suggest that HK959 is the correct serial.

Andy Fletcher
11th July 2008, 00:28
Pilot - Serg T rez av Nicolae Teodoru Esc.2 recun Ju 88D-1/Trop (430650; White 1 (NP+MK))

Andy Fletcher
11th July 2008, 10:17

Do you have the names of the four 127 Sqn pilots who intercepted the Ju 88?

Best Regards

Andy Fletcher

11th July 2008, 12:18
Hello Andy
Here are the details of the 4 pilots that intercepted the Ju88.

Flt Sgt Thomas Barker Orford (1000267) in Hurricane IIB BP224 EJ J.
W/O Arnold Kenneth Asboe (A.404889) in Hurricane IIB BD930 EJ H.
P/O Joseph Alfred Charles Pauley (139521) in Hurricane IIB BE331 EJ C.
Flt Sgt H.M. Woodward in Hurricane IIB BD880 EJ G.


Andy Fletcher
11th July 2008, 16:35
Many thanks Andy.


17th January 2011, 02:02
Would anyone happen to have any contact with the pilots that intercepted this Romanian Ju 88? It is indeed at the USAF Museum, although the markings are not totally correct.