Wheeldale

Wheeldale

On the night of 17th/18th December 1942 some fifteen Dornier Do217 aircraft set out from their bases to bomb York, while en-route to York this aircraft is believed to have been damaged by anti-aircraft fire while over the Yorkshire coast and thought to have been in the Scarborough/Whitby area, as a result it failed to gain enough height to clear the North Yorkshire Moors. The aircraft struck Wheeldale Moor above Goathland at 22.15hrs at speed and at a fairly shallow angle and disintergrated. The wreckage was spread over a large area and the German crew didn’t stand a chance and all four died instantly. The wreckage was not found until 12.00hrs on the 20th December 1942.

Pilot – Fw Wilhelm Stoll, aged 25. Buried Acklam Road Cemetery, Thornaby on Tees, Yorkshire.

Observer – Obgfr Hans Roeschner, aged 20. Buried Acklam Road Cemetery, Thornaby on Tees, Yorkshire.

Wireless Operator – Obgfr Gerhard Wicht, aged 22. Buried Acklam Road Cemetery, Thornaby on Tees, Yorkshire.

Mechanic – Obgfr Franz Armann, aged 19. Buried Acklam Road Cemetery, Thornaby on Tees,

Yorkshire.http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/planes/42/u5ak.html

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