Monday, July 25, 2011

FlyPast 2010-01

Parts from Messerschmitt Bf 110C 3615, which was shot down in the Battle of Britain, have been donated to the RAF Museum by David Manning. The items have been moved from a farm storage site to the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre at Cosford, Shropshire, for initial assessment. This machine was shot down on August 30.1940, by RAF fighters during an escort mission - a daylight raid on the Vauxhall Motors factory at Luton, Beds - and crashed into the corner of a field bordering Claggybottom Lane at Barley Beans Farm, Kimpton, near Hitchin, Herts. In 1982, large pieces of wreckage were excavated by the donor's father from a depth of 8ft at the crash site, now known as Ramridge Farm. Recognisable components included both DB601A engines and their separated propeller hubs, two 20mm cannon in their blast tubes, both undercarriage legs, a badly compressed radiator, and a BMW enamel engine badge together with several boxes of severely damaged smaller components, which were all then stored at the farm until acquired by the RAF Museum. The starboard engine still bore evidence of bullet strikes and fire damage.