Lee Norgate comes face to face with a piece of the Lüftwaffe on Filey Beach
His recent investigation is featured here and started on Sunday 2nd February 2003 when he and his partner Linda Pickard were taking a regular walk along the beach to the south of Filey at Reighton. This stretch of the beach is a particularly wild and desolate place and they expected that following the recent spate of heavy gales that perhaps more than the average item of interest would be washed up on the shore.
Lee always looks for pieces of aluminium as they are usually associated with aircraft and his particular interest is in aircraft of the Second World War including those that have crashed in the Bay. In 1992 he was responsible for the discovery of part of the undercarriage of a DeHavilland Mosquito aircraft at Primrose Valley, also to the south of Filey. As he was rebuilding the undercarriage of the Mosquito at the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington near York, this was most fortuitous.
The walk on this day was to be just as rewarding as he discovered an oxygen cylinder from a wartime German Luftwaffe aircraft, he says "We think that the cylinder has broken away from an aircraft wreck in the bay in rough seas, probably a Junkers JU88 as a number were shot down in the sea on 15th August 1940, whilst trying to bomb RAF Driffield. Two JU88`s also crashed at Speeton in July 1941".
Swiftly calling a colleague at the Air Museum at Doncaster from the beach, he had the cylinder's identity confirmed and luckily he had a friend who could translate the German text on the cylinder. In addition to this, the markings on the cylinder included a production date of 1939 and bearing in mind the age of the cylinder, it is in very good condition.
Lee has contacted a colleague in Norway where many German wartime aircraft are preserved and hopes to confirm which type of aircraft the cylinder came from.
A book documenting most of the area's military air crashes from 1940 - 1988 will be available in late 2003 directly from Lee. It is based on historical fact, eyewitness accounts, and Lee's work in researching and investigating crash sites in the East Coast area. This book will be reviewed in this site.
Lee is always pleased to hear from other interested individuals who have found aircraft related items and his report on the Halifax II bomber under Speeton cliffs is here as well.
The photographs on this page are in the ownership of Lee Norgate and are reproduced with his permission.