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Junkers 88 PJ876
This Ju88 has a famous history. On Sunday May 9th 1943, Luftwaffe pilot Oberleutnant Heinrich Schmitt received orders to shoot down an unarmed British civilian Mosquito en route to neutral Sweden.
Oberleutnant Schmitt decided to ignore the order and defect to Britain. Gunner and Wireless Op Oberfeldwebel Paul Rosenberger was in on the act, but Flight Engineer Oberfeldwebel Erich Kantwill wasn’t. He had to be held at gunpoint as the Ju88 headed for Scotland.
It is understood Rosenberger and Schmitt were already spys for the Brits. Possibly the order to shoot down the unarmed Mossie was the last straw for them.
Oberfeldwebel Rosenberger sent a message to their base saying they had a starboard engine fire. Oberleutnant Schmitt then descended to below radar level and dropped life rafts to suggest to any searching Luftwaffe aircraft that they had ditched. The aircraft was eventually picked up by two RAF Spitfires 13 miles north of Aberdeen, and Oberleutnant Schmitt waggled the wings, fired off flares and lowered the undercarriage to indicate he wanted to surrender.
The Spitfires were from 165 Squadron at RAF Dyce (now Aberdeen Airport). Flown by an American, Flt Lt Arthur F Roscoe DFC and a Canadian, Sgt Ben R S Scamen, the two pilots escorted the Luftwaffe aircraft back to base. They were later Mentioned in Despatches for not shooting down the Ju88. It was a real prize, the secrets revealed by the state of the art radar equipment and codes were invaluable.
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Ju88 PJ876 is currently on display at the RAF Museum, Hendon.