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Dornier Do-217E-4 4342 U5+GR. North York Moors
On the night of 17 December 1942, German bomber Do 217 4342 flying from its base at Deelen- Arnhem in Holland, crashed on the moors east of Northallerton while on a bombing raid on the city of York.
The Dornier struck a wall on Easterside Hill in what is now the North York Moors National Park, some 24 miles from its intended target.
All those on board were killed in the crash. The remains of the pilot and observer were never recovered.
We found just one small fragment of debris remaining (pictured above) which we buried close to the crash site.
Oberleutnant Rolf Hausner – pilot
Unteroffizier Sirius Erd – observer
Oberfeldwebel Hartwig Hupe – wireless operator
Oberfeldwebel Ernst Weiderer – engineer
In this view below (the poppy cross and debris fragment photographed without flash) you can see where the Dornier, approaching from overhead, crashed through the drystone wall which has not been rebuilt since. Upon impact the bombs detonated and the Dornier’s BMW engines were hurled over the ridge in the distance.
Although nearly 2,000 Do 217s were built, there are no survivors anywhere in the world today.
Photo of Luftwaffe Dornier Do-217s in flight from wikipedia commons.