Latitude 50° 20.0 N
Longitude 004° 11.0 W
Depth 10m
Accuracy Unknown
Location Description Cawsand Bay
Craft type Messerschmitt BF109f Aircraft
Date of loss 16 May 1942
Manner of loss Crashed
Outcome Unknown
Nationality Germany
Crew 1
Pilot Lt. Hans-Joachim Schulz
Owners Luftwaffe

Messerschmitt BF 109f (13014)

On 16th May 1942 at 12:52 pm, six aircraft from 10/JG 2 made a low level attack on warships in Plymouth Sound. Two bombs near missed SS Torkel and one near missed BV 7. HMS Brocklesby was machine gunned and HMS Wolverine near missed by two bombs, one rating on the Wolverine was killed and three slightly injured on the Brocklesby. Cleveland, Brocklesby and Wolverine all opened fire and shot down one aeroplane which crashed into the sea in Cawsand Bay.

The aircraft shot down was a Messerschmitt BF 109f-4 (13014) Blue 8 piloted by Lt. Hans-Joachim Schulz. The body of the pilot was recovered on 2nd June from the crashed aircraft and was buried with full military honours in Ford Park cemetery by RAF personnel from Mount Batten (1, 2). In 1959 the bodies of the majority of German servicemen who died on British soil were moved to the German CWGC cemetery at Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, where Lt Schulz is now buried in Block 7, Grave 117.

A local Plymouth diver recovered the DB601D engine from this aircraft from Cawsand Bay in 1982 when working at RAF Mount Batten. The engine was later taken to Flambards amusement park where it became part of an aircraft exhibition, the engine was located in 2013 but has now disappeared.

All aircraft in UK waters that have crashed during military service are protected by the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.

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A Messerschmitt BF109F

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The engine recovered from Messerschmitt BF109F 13014 (SHIPS Archive)


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