Two Messerschmitt Bf 109s land at Manston, 21st July 1944

Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6/U2 (W.Nr. 412951) ‘White 16’ of 3./JG 301, one of two aircraft which landed in error at Manston on 21 July 1944. Both fighters were on a night ‘Wilde Sau’ operation against RAF bombers. The pilot of this aircraft was Leutnant Horst Prenzel, Staffelkapitan of 3./301.

In the early hours of the morning of 21st July 1944, two Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 fighters landed at Manston airfield. Both were from the same unit and carrying out a mission against Allied night bombers.

Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6/U-2 Werke/Nr.412951, ‘White 16’ (pictured) piloted by Leutnant. Horst Prenzel of 1./JG 301 made a safe landing at Manston at 0240hrs after a ‘Wilde Sau’ sortie, thinking he was landing at a German airfield. Pilot uninjured and taken POW. Aircraft was initially evaluated at RAE Farnborough before passing to RAF Wittering.  The Messerschmitt was written off after a take-off accident on 23 November 1944, the pilot unhurt. Leutnant Prenzel had twenty-five War Flights to his name.

Feldwebel Manfred Gromill of 1./JG 301 belly landed his Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 from 1./JG 301 at Manston at 0245hrs or 0300hrs (unconfirmed), due to lack of fuel. The pilot apparently made a good landing but thought he was going to overshoot the landing strip so raised the undercarriage thus causing considerable damage.


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