19.06.1940 StabIII./KG4 Heinkel He 111H-4 Wnr.8747 Oblt. Jordan. Location: On the beach, The Hood, Cley-next-the-sea, Norfolk, England.
Mission: Attack on Honington and Mildenhall Aerodromes.

Date: 19th June 1940

Time: 00.50 hours.

Unit: Stab III./Kampfgeschwader 4

Type: Heinkel He 111H-4


Coded: 5J + DM

Location: On the beach, The Hood, Cley-next-the-sea, Norfolk, England.

Pilot. Oberleutnant. Ulrich Jordan. 55535/11 – Captured.
Born. 04.02.1916 in Berlin.

Observer: Major. Dietrich Freiherr von Massenbach. 55535/1 – Captured.
Born. 12.02.1902 in Wreshen.

Radio/Op: Oberfeldwebel. Max. Leimer. 55535/10 – Captured.
Born 05.10.1914 in Munich.

Flt/Eng: Unteroffizier. Karl Amberger. 55535/15 – Severely wounded.
Born 09.03.1914 in Kufstein.


Took off from Mervill aerodrome to attack Honington and Mildenhall. The aircraft was caught in searchlights and intercepted by three Blenheims that damaged the fuselage and engines.
The flight engineer was hit in the stomach and leg. One engine stopped at 15,000 feet and the crew dropped their bombs in the hope they can return on one engine. The second engine failed on reaching the coast and the pilot ditched the bombs blind and then successfully ditched the aircraft.

Note: Dietrich Freiherr von Massenbach was the Gruppenkommandeur of II./KG4

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Heinkel He 111H-4 rests on the coast shortly after the crash. (Net)

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The tail section showing damage. (Net)

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless. Special thanks to Nigel Parker.

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