WW II-Aircraft recoveries

Discussion in 'Aircraft Requests' started by Uwe Benkel, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. Uwe Benkel

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    Hello,

    my name is Uwe Benkel from Heltersberg/Germany. Since 1989 me and my 15 partners recovered the remains of 90 aircraft in germany. We also recovered the remains of 29 missing crewmembers (german, american, british) and were able to inform still living family members. To get some more details please visit you homepage Flugzeugabstürze Saarland und Umgebung Flugzeugarchäologie.

    Our latest recovery was a Messerschmitt Me 262 in Bavaria including remains of the pilot. One of our next projects will be the recovery of a american aircraft in the area of Saarbrücken/Germany.

    A few days ago we got a mail from somebode who located the crashsite of a D.H. Mosquito. He found the watch of the pilot, wreckage pieces. Are there some "Mosquito-experts" out there who are able to help us identifying the aircraft and the crew?

    For more information you can contact us by mail: [email protected]

    Best wishes from Heltersberg/Germany

    Martina Uwe Benkel
     
  2. FLYBOYJ

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    Great site Uwe, many thanks!
     
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    Very good work Uwe :!:

    Excellent website.

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    Awesome info there Uwe, keep up the good work!!!!

    I'm sure there is some one out there that can help. Maybe if you could post some pictures of the pieces that need identified we can figure out what it is.
     
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    Well done Uwe.=D>
     
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    Excellent stuff Uwe. Great site too.
     
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    Nice work, Uwe. I'll bet the living relatives are very pleased when you send another airman "home". Keep it up, and welcome to our site.

    Charles
     
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    Very good stuff Uwe?

    I have a question however. How would I be able to volunteer my time to help you with your searches and recoveries?
     
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    Yes great site and keep up the good work.
     
  10. Uwe Benkel

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    Hello,

    enclosed you will find a plate that was found at the crashsite of the D.H. Mosquito. Can somebody help us identifying the aircraft?

    I also add some of the oil paintings showing aircraft we recovered. Marek Dziewa, a member of our group is painting them. For more details please contact ust.

    Uwe Benkel
     

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    welcome lover here Uwe it is good to hear from you again. do you have any more informations on your Me 262 recovery since last time we spoke ?

    may I make a suggestion to the artist friend on your team. the second painting of IV./JG 301 Röte 4 needs a blue second gruppe bar over the two colour fuselage band indicating IVth gruppe as it trys to defend it's Bf 109G-10 self from a P-51D of the 78tyh fighter group

    mfg

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    Great info and a wonderful site. Please keep us informed on your continuing efforts.
     
  13. Uwe Benkel

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    Hello Erich,

    the wreckage of the Me 262 including its pilot, Uffz Wolfgang Severin was about 6 meters deep in the ground. The remains of the pilot were turned over to the familymembers and he got a funeral on the cemetery of his hometown Bad Blankenburg/Germany.

    Enclosed you will find some photographs. If you would like to get more details, please let me know.

    Uwe Benkel
     

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    I am glad this man was finally put to rest by his family. Good work guys!
     
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    Hallo Uwe:

    I'm asking around on a couple of other sites, though you should be aware that construction number info for Mosquitos is hard to find, and the numbers themselves were apparently not allocated in a completely logical fashion.

    I believe you have the data plate for part of the undercarriage, specifically the tailwheel.

    Cheers,

    Mark
     
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    Hello again Uwe:

    I had a reply from David Collins, who spends a good deal of his time over at Salisbury Hall, where the Mosquito Museum is located.

    His post was:

    "Chatting to a collegue from Salisbury hall at the weekend can I can add a few more details to this mosquito part.

    Niether of serial numbers shown are the the aircraft construction number unfortunately, however they do identify it as being from a mosquito elevator.

    J981018 is a drawing number and identifies an elevator assembly.

    1718 is not the a/c construction number.

    The "GPB" reference is likely to be the sub-contractors initials, and is one we have'nt seen before.

    The exact location of the find would establish a better chance of getting the true identity.
    __________________
    David Collins
    The de Havilland Hornet Project
    www.dhhornet50.net "



    Hope this helps.

    So, is there any information as to the location of the find?\

    Cheers, Mark
     
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    Nice painting by your friend Uwe. Does he do requests? Was thinking of one for my Uncles lancaster which was shot down over Schwienfurt in April by Walter Bornshien( i think was the spelling) in his DO217-N1. I commend you on your efforts to finding the fallen from BOTH sides, would love to help you but i am in Canada!!
    As for the Mosquito, i think there is a site that lists the Mosquitos and which base it flew out of. I will get back to you on it.
     
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    Hate to be the bearer of bad news but Uwe hasn't been on the site for over 3 years. Might have better luck contacting him via the link in the first post
     
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