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MSO7938 - World War Two aircraft crash site on Porlock Beach

ENPHER Number:MSO7938
Name:World War Two aircraft crash site on Porlock Beach
Type of Record:Monument
Grid Reference:SS 877 481

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A World War II aircraft crash site on Porlock Beach. The aircraft was a German Junkers 88 fighter-bomber, shot down during the Battle of Britain in 1940.

Monument Types

Designated Status: none recorded


SS 877482. A German Junkers 88 fighter bomber was shot down and crash-landed on Porlock Beach (near New Works) during the Battle of Britain on September 27th 1940. It was seen lying at low water mark near Redsands (location not ascertained) by local author Dennis Corner. [1]

The plane had been carrying highly sophisticated photographic equipment in order to photograph the dock gates of the Manchester Ship Canal and had been chased from the Bristol area by three spitfires (final credit went to Pilot Officer Eric Mars of 152 Squadron). [2]

<1> Corner, Dennis, 1992, Porlock in Those Days, P. 73-75 (Monograph). SEM7093.

<2> Sainsbury, I.S.S, Field Investigators Comments, RCHME Field Investigation, 24 November 1994 (Unpublished document). SMO7324.

<3> McDonnell, R., 1995, Porlock Bay and Marsh: A Rapid Preliminary Assessment of the Cultural and Palaeoenvironmental Resource, P. 25 (Report). SEM6715.

Other References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MEM15230
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10290
  • Local List Status (Candidate)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE59
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 957704
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 18076
Date Last Edited:May 4 2016 4:48PM


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