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Larry Hickey
31st March 2009, 23:11
Hello,

I've got two good photos, nose-to-tail of 2./KG55 He111 G1+GK (codes are clearly readable) that force landed in open grassland, probably during the May-June, 1940 WC. It shows tail damage from flak or bullet strikes. This doesn't appear to carry the Gesch crest. There are several possibilities in the EOE DB:

1) May 11, 1940: 2./KG55 Heinkel He111P. Shot down by fighters and forced-landed near Illange, about two miles south of Thionville, Lorraine, France, at 6.30 a.m. Fw E. George killed. Uffz H. Grosskreutz captured badly wounded, later died. Fw E. Beisser and Fw W. Dreffkorn captured unhurt. Aircraft a write-off.

2) May 14, 1940: I./KG55 Heinkel He111P. Forced-landed at Treves, near Trier damaged by No. 501 Squadron Hurricanes during attack on rail targets south of Sedan 10.00 a.m. Crew unhurt. Aircraft damaged but repairable.

3) May 14, 1940: I./KG55 Heinkel He111P. Forced-landed near Kreuznach damaged by S/Lt de Salaberry of GC I/3 and Hurricanes of No. 501 Squadron during sortie to attack rail targets south of Sedan 10.00 a.m. Crew unhurt. Aircraft damaged but repairable.

4) May 18, 1940: I./KG55 Heinkel He111P. Crash-landed near Sedan badly damaged by French fighters during sortie to attack rail targets west of Fismes 3.40 p.m. Crew believed rescued by German troops. Aircraft a write-off.

Does anyone have any information on any of these four incidents that would rule them in or out of consideration of this FL, or any specific information on the May 11th 2 Staffel FL near Illange, which seems like the best candidate for these photos?

Thanx,