History[edit | edit source]
This aircraft was surrendered to US forces in May 1945 at the Dornier factory of Oberpfaffenhofen to the west of Munich, and was flown under supervision to the airfield of Neubiberg, to the south east of the city, with a number of other Do 335s. It was later handed over to the British Air Intelligence organisation,[N 2] where it became Air Min 223, and was flown from Neubiberg to Strasbourg and Reims on 7th September 1945 by S/L McCarthy. On the following day it continued to Farnborough via Manston. It made a test flight on 1st October 1945 but then remained grounded until a second test flight on 15th January 1946, appearing in the meantime in the static display of the German Aircraft Exhibition. On 18th January 1946 it made a third test flight and caught fire in the air after the rear engine overheated and crashed at Cove near Farnborough, killing G/C Alan F. Hards, C.O. Experimental Flying at Farnborough. Severe restrictions were placed on the flying of ex-Luftwaffe aircraft at Farnborough after this accident, which had been caused by the fire in the rear engine burning through the elevator control cables.
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Sources[edit | edit source]
- Luftwaffe Warplane Survivors
- Brown, Eric Melrose. Wings of the Luftwaffe. The Crowood Press Ltd - New edition (14 Feb 1998). ISBN 1853104132. Page 77