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The Heinkel He III Propeller by Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC, DFC (1918 - 1944) at The Sculpture Park

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The Heinkel He III Propeller

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The Heinkel He III Propeller by Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC, DFC (1918 - 1944), Found Objects , Metal , Steel

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    The Heinkel He III Propeller by Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC, DFC (1918 - 1944), Found Objects , Metal , Steel , Edition Unique , 370cm high by 275cm wide by deep , Aeroplane , Transportation sculpture The Heinkel He III Propeller shot down by Guy Gibson over Skegness, 15 March 1941, the three blade propeller supported on an impressive steel stand which has been constructed recently for a television programme, dimensions are floor to centre pin 200cm, centre pin to top of propeller 173cm, overall height 370cm, overall width of propeller blades outward 275cm. The Heinkel He III H-3 Propeller was netted by trawlerman James Walked of Habertoft when fishing in his boat Thalassa off Ingoldmells Point in September 2007. It has recently featured in Salvage Hunters, The restorers in September 2020, the programme is available to view online (Quest TV) After inspection by authorities from East Kirkby and the Lincolnshire Aircraft Recovery Group it was established that only one Heinkel was known to have crashed in that area during WWII. The Heinkel was shot down off Skegness Pier on 15 March 1941 by a Beaufighter crewed by Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC, DFC and this was the first aircraft show down by Gibson in a Beaufighter. All three of the Heinkel crew were lost when it crashed into the sea. One of the crew, Corporal Helmut Seidel was washed ashore in June 1941, he is buried at Great Bircham Cemetry in Norfolk. Guy Gibson, with sergeant James as A.I. operator, spotted a Heinkel flying north and immediately got behind and in range of the enemy aircraft. At the crucial moment, he too suffered gun trouble, and by the time James had cleared it the Heinkel was turning out to sea and diving home. In Gibson's account of the encounter, he says - "At last James got one cannon going and we aimed at the port engine. As shell after shell banged home, there was a yellow flash, sparks flew out and the engine stopped. Then we aimed at the starboard engine and this stopped within seconds. The Heinkel was careering down towards the earth at 120m.p.h., someone baled out but we were a long way out to see. We followed it right down, and watched it land on the sea off Skegness Pier..." Lincolnshire Crash List refers.

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    Setting Garden
    Availability Available
    Subject Aeroplane
    Sculpture Width 275cm
    Sculpture Height 370cm
    Sculpture Depth No
    Mediums Found Objects, Metal, Steel
    Style Conceptual, Documentary, Expressionism, Realism
    Edition Unique 

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