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 by RAF personnel from Mount Batten (1, 2).
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
(1) Knight R., 2011, Wartime Air Crashes Cornwall 1939-1945, 4th ed., Compu Aero Art Images
(2) Goss C., Cornwell P. & Rauchbach B, 2010, Luftwaffe Fighter-Bombers Over Britain: The Tip and Run Campaign, 1942-43, Stackpole Books, ISBN 0 81170691 5, p300