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  • Crewmans paper ticket remains also 2 coins a pocket knife and small aluminium tin from inside German Dornier D0217 which was shot down and crashed into the South Bank at Middlesbrough on the 15th January 1942.

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    This is a very rare group of parts which are crewman's paper ticket remains of some sort with some of its markings still readable also 2 coins dated 1935 and 1936 with all there markings and a pocket knife belonging to one of the crew bakerite handle all the blades have rusted in place and small aluminium tin we think for tablets the lid does come off and it has no holes. All the items still retain a lot of there original colours they are very solid not braking up or falling apart they are in very nice clean condition well cleaned they are perfect for display and a very rare group of parts for any collection the parts are around 1-5 inches long. The parts were recovered from inside German Dornier D0217 which was shot down and crashed into the South Bank at Middlesbrough on the 15th January 1942. The items come with 2x A5 laminated information cards with pictures.

    The Dornier Do217 was attacking shipping and ports along the North East coast. It is thought that it had attacked various targets at Skinningrove and Eston before bombing a ship off Hartlepool. The ship later sank after damaging the aircraft's engine. Do217 headed inland towards Middlesbrough striking its wing on a barrage balloon cable, crashing onto the railway sidings near what is now the South Bank railway station at 18.20hrs. Three bodies were found in the wreckage and were buried at Thornaby cemetery. Catterick's O.R.B. has the brief entry for this incident stating "Do17 crashed into balloon, South Bank, Middlesbrough".

    Pilot - Fw Joachim Lehnis, of Denzig, killed. Born 18/08/1918.Wireless Operator - Uffz Hans Maneke, of Berlin, killed. Born 26/04/1918.Observer - Lt Rudolf Matern, of Paderborn. Born 20/08/1917 all buried at Thornaby on Tees Cemetery. Gunner / Mechanic - Obfw Heinrich Richter, of Hirschberg, born 16/07/1911. Initially missing but now buried at Thornaby on Tees Cemetery. 

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    Dornier's multi-role Do 217