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Junkers JU 88 c6 f8+kd

  1. Name: Junkers Ju 88 C6 F8+KD
  2. Type of vessel: aircraft, heavy fighter
  3. Flag: Germany
  4. Date of sinking: 20 July 1942
  5. Cause: grounding
  6. Location: Langosteira Point, Arteixo
  7. Diving level:
  8. GALP territory: Gulf of Artabro

HISTORY

World War II air combat off Arteixo

A German Ju-88 C-6 aircraft number Wnr. 360015 and code and belonging to III/KG 40, was shot down 20 miles off the Sisargas Islands (Malpica, A Coruña) on 20 July 1942 by the Wellington HX423 of the 15 OTU (Operational Training Unit) of the Royal Air Force (RAF), which it was attacking.

Two of the crew members, Commander Karl Stoeffler and his observer, August Möller, died; and the third crew member, August Werner, who was slightly wounded, managed to land the plane before being rescued from the sea by the fishing boat San Antonio de Padua (Ribeira) and taken to A Coruña. Only Möller’s body was recovered and his remains are in Cuacos de Yuste (Cáceres).

One of the British Wellington aircraft of the Royal Air Force also fell into the sea while the other was slightly damaged. Some sources even claim that both aircraft were shot down.

Junkers Ju 88, the “all-purpose girl”

The Luftwaffe’s Junkers Ju 88, from the German air force, was one of the most versatile fighter aircraft of World War II. In fact, it was affectionately known as “the all-purpose girl” as it was used as a medium bomber, dive bomber, night fighter, torpedo plane, reconnaissance plane, heavy fighter, and even as a flying bomb during the last stage of the war.

Characteristics:

12-Cylinder twin-engine, 2 x 1340 hp Junkers Jumo 211 J-1 (or J-2), speed. 488 km/h. 14.36 x 20.00 x 5.06 m.

Empty / maximum weight: 9,060 / 12,350 kg.

Weapons: 3 x 20 mm canons, 3 x 7.9 mm machine guns, 1 x 13 mm machine gun.

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