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Junkers 88.S1. 

This aircraft crashed at Barcombe on 30th May 1943.

This is an Official Police report written by Sergeant William Mills, PS Number 30 of East Sussex Police and stationed at Lewes Police Station.

This is written exactly as it has been written in the report of the time as is the rest of the overall report.

It starts: –

I have to report that about 1.55 hours on this 30th May 1943, a Junkers plane 88. No. N.L.E.X. crashed in a 20 acre field and known as Lea Shade. Longford Farm, Parish of Barcombe M. R. 876364; in the occupation of a Mr. Uridge.

The occupants of the plane apparently left the machine before it crashed. The pilot, Simon Seigfried ob/fw. No. 55919/13a surrendered to the officer 1/c at the Regional School, Newick Park, being subsequently conveyed to Lewes Police Station arriving at 0345 hours.

The wireless Operator, Korte Paul, F/W, number unknown, received a fractured ankle and is now at the 14th Canadian General hospital, Smallfields, Horley.

Stanke Alfred O/Lt. No. 55919/14, the plane’s Observer landed at Bevington Farm, Five Ash Down, and was captured by the occupant, William T. Grant. He was handed over to the Uckfield Police and subsequently conveyed to Lewes Police Station at the request of F/Lt. Hunt of Tangmere, who interrogated Stanke and Simon.

There are approximately 10 x 50 kg unexploded bombs still on the plane and the RAF Bomb Disposal Squad are dealing with these, on instructions from F/Lt Hunt.

No premises are in danger; the plane being at least 800 yards from any building. The Home Guard under the command of Lt. Puddick of the 16th platoon ‘C’ Company, 18th Home Guard, Isfield are guarding the machine.

The plane is stated to be of great value and P.C. Wilkinson and Special Constables of Barcombe are in attendance to prevent unauthorised approach pending the arrival of the R.A.F.

Signed William Mills Sgt. No. 30. 

Report No. 2 written by Sergeant Alfred Simmonds, Sgt. No 7.

As follows:

I beg to report that I made a reconnaissance of the UXBs (unattended unexploded bombs) at the scene of the crash at 12.45 hours on the 30th May 1943 in company with Inspector Pilbeam.

The bombs were all contained in the fuselage of the plane and although it was not possible to ascertain the exact number of bombs on board, it was estimated that there were at least 10 x 50kg. S.C. type bombs there. The RAF Bomb Disposal Unit were there when I arrived and the Officer in charge promised to let me know the exact number and type of bombs when he dealt with them.

He informed P.C. Wilkinson, Barcombe, that there were 18 UXBs, all 50kg, S,C.

I informed W.D. Headquarters of this number, and also informed the Chailey sub-control that the bombs had been dealt with. I beg to draw attention to the fact that Chailey sub-control asked me for the report of UXB’s by the appointed bomb reconnaissance officer. It appears that there is a new form out for reporting UXB’s and when a UXB is reported now the local authority always asks for the report by the bomb reconnaissance officer on this new form. I understand that WD Headquarters know of the requirements in this direction and I respectfully ask if a ruling can be given so that we can inform the bomb reconnaissance officers – may be in a position to answer the local authorities when they ask for this report from us. 

This report was submitted to Superintendent A. Hopper at Lewes Police Station.  He in turn submitted the following report to the Assistant Chief Constable at No. 1 area, Lewes.

I beg to report that the two German prisoners detained at Lewes Police Station were taken out and conveyed by rail to a destination arranged by F/Lt Hunt of the RAF by the Military on the 30th May, 1943.

The property of the prisoners was listed etc. according to E.D.B. sheet No. 19 and was entered in the lock-up book in red.

The property was signed for in the lock-up book and on the attached receipts.

The guarding of the aircraft was arranged in the first place by a guard formed of Home Guard and police. Later the Home Guard and the police were relieved by the RAF Bomb Disposal Unit who were standing by, and waiting to deal with the unexploded bombs; and finally the aircraft was guarded by a detachment from the Queen’s Regiment.

The maintenance Unit from Faygate are working on the wreckage and it is expected that the salvaged parts will all be removed very shortly. A supplementary report will be submitted when all the wreckage has been cleared away.

Signed by A. Hopper. (Superintendent.)

My Notes.

The aircraft in question was a Junkers Ju88 S-1. No. 140550.

This aircraft was shot down by F/Lt. J. Lintott and G. Gilling-Lax flying a Mosquito of No. 85 Squadron. After being hit the Junkers broke up in the air, with the crew baling out and crashed at Isfield at 1.50am on 30th May 1943. It left its base in Chartres at 00.49, its target this night being London.

The Junkers Ju 88 was classed as a medium bomber. It was also designed for a pathfinder role.

The crew consisted of: –

Oberfw. S. Simon, Oberlt. A. Stanke. And Fw. P. Korte (suffering a fractured ankle.) They all baled out and were taken prisoner.

Oberlt Alfred Stanke was born on 5th December 1910. His occupation was a Blacksmith and he was an Evangelist by religion. He spent time in POW camp No. 18 and was repatriated from Camp No. 4 in April 1947. No further details and no details of the other two crew members.

No.1/KG/66 was formed in April 1943 and based at Chartres, France with No.15/KG/6. Also there were a number of Dornier Do 217’s.

David Rowland

This Police Report was given to me by Mr. John Dibley former Assistant Chief Constable of Sussex Police and a founder member of The Old Cells Police Museum.

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  • Alfred Stanke parachuted onto farmland owned by a Mr Grant at Five Ash Down. He surrendered to Mr Grant early the following morning, when Mr Grant was returning from Home Guard duty, and conveyed to Uckfield Police Station. Some weeks later whilst harvesting, Mr Grant came across Stanke’s parachute and life jacket, which he donated to Tangmere Aviation Museum. Many years later, whilst on holiday in Ibiza I met Rainer Stanke, son of the above. Unfortunately, Alfred had died a few years earlier. We corresponded and he sent me copies of his father’s prisoner of war card and posed photographs of him at the controls of a He111 bomber although I do not believe he was a pilot. These were displayed alongside his life jacket at the museum at which time I was a founder member and trustee. These details were passed by me to John Dibley about two years before his death.

    By Brian Bridges (15/09/2018)

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