The Museum pays its respects
Yesterday as we started the process of raising the Dornier 17 Alex Medhurst, General Manager of the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, paid his respects at Cannock Chase cemetery on behalf of the Trustees, Director General, and Staff of the Royal Air Force Museum to Cpl Heinz Huhn, the Bombardier of the Dornier 17 that the Royal Air Force Museum raised successfully yesterday from Goodwin Sands.
Of the wreath laying, Peter Dye Director General of the Royal Air Force Museum stated :
‘Today as the Royal Air Force Museum takes stock of its success in raising the Dornier 17 from Goodwin Sands, it is appropriate to remember those who gave their lives during the Summer of 1940. In honouring a fallen German airman, we commemorate all those young men, from across the world, who died in the service of their country. The freedom defended by Britain at great cost in 1940 was built on tolerance, compassion and understanding. In remembering the sacrifice made by the airmen of both sides, we demonstrate our enduring belief in a future based on reconciliation, cooperation and shared values.'
Of the other 3 aircrew in the Dornier 17 : 2 survived and saw out the war in Prisoner of War Camps in Canada, the other member of the crew Wireless Operator Sgt Helmut Reinhardt died of his injuries and is buried in Ysselsteyn, Holland.
For further details and background history to the project please visit our micro-site about the Dornier 17 Project.