Wreck of the Junkers 88 aircraft

On April 7 1941, an RAF Defiant of 256 Squadron, based at Blackpool’s ‘Squires Gate’ shot down a Ju88 over the Ribble Estuary, which crashed on Banks Marsh, near Southport. The Defiant aircraft, flown by Flight Lieutenant D.R West and Sergeant R.T Adams, where on a night patrol against German raiders heading for west-coast ports. There were only two survivors from the Ju88, the pilot and observer.

Members of Lancashire Aircraft Investigation team recovered the wreck of the Junkers 88 in 2017 and will be bringing some of the finds along for a temporary exhibition in The Atkinson’s foyer.

Find out more about the story behind this fascinating find on here.






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