Accident Dornier Do 217 E-4 5498, Sunday 3 January 1943
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Date:Sunday 3 January 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic d217 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Dornier Do 217 E-4
Owner/operator:8./KG 2 Luftwaffe
Registration: 5498
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:IJsselmeer off Harderwijk, Gelderland -   Netherlands
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Deelen airfield (NL)
Destination airport:
The first German bomber raid on England in 1943 took place in the evening of 3 January and the target was Hull docks. The IX. Fliegerkorps dispatched I. and III./KG 2 together with a part of II./KG 40, for a total of 23 Do 217s. The weather was very poor and if was difficult for the German crews to follow the planned course. Three turned back due to technical defects, three bombed alternative targets (Whiternsea, Hornsea and an airfield on the coast). 15 crews claimed to have bombed Hull between 2032 and 2056 hrs, dropping 14 tons of HE and 2.95 tons of incendiary bombs on "the docks and in the adjacent northern and western parts of the city, where numerous fires break out."

Actually, according to British reports only two of the ten attacking aircraft reached Hull and only one bombed. At 2030 hrs two HE bombs fell on the bankside of river Hull and Sissons Wharf, where a length of timber wharf was demolished. There were no casualties. The sirens sounded after the bombs had been dropped. Many aircraft released their bombs over farmland east of Hull or in the sea.

Two Do 217s were lost during this raid, one being shot down by AA fire over England (4 POW) and one crashing in Netherlands on the way back (4 KIA).

The Do 217 E-4 WNr 5498 U5+MS of the 8./KG 2 was returning from this raid when it crashed for an unknown reason in the Ijsselmeer near Harderwijk. There were no survivors.

Crew (all killed):
Flugzeugführer Lt. H. Guul Luftwaffe Ysselsteyn M-2-48
Beobachter Ogfr. W. Bendfeld Luftwaffe Ysselsteyn M-2-50
Bordfunker Uffz. H. Lehmann Luftwaffe Ysselsteyn M-2-49
Bordschütze Gfr. H. Baacke Luftwaffe Ysselsteyn BL-3-51


“Der Luftkrieg in Europa: die operativen Einsätze des Kampfgeschwaders 2 im Zweiten Weltkrieg”, by Ulf Blake. ISBN 3-7637-5882-8

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
04-Dec-2017 19:45 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Source, Narrative]
27-Dec-2017 10:31 TigerTimon Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Mar-2020 09:04 DB Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]
20-Jun-2022 10:07 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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