This is a very rare item to find in this condition which belonged to the Pilot Feldwebel Joachim Lehnis this his is aluminium made Luftwaffe belt buckle which does have some damage and discolour from the crash and being buried but not to much. The buckle which has a few small pin prick holes and rust but still retains a lot of its original colour the markings can be seen pretty good it has its clip on the back as well it is very solid not braking up or falling apart it is in very nice clean condition well cleaned it is perfect for display and a very rare item belonging to a known German pilot which is perfect for any collection and such a hard to find item. The buckle was recovered with his parachute harness which is named to him this is how we know its his stuff 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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