Michael Rowley will give an illustrated talk on the following:
In October 1941, a Luftwaffe Heinkel He 111 medium bomber crashed on the Blackstairs Mountains, Co. Wexford, killing its four crew members. Aircraft of this type had earlier in 1941 bombed the Curragh and in a seperate incident the North Strand, Dublin, resulting in many civilian deaths. Within the military district of the Curragh Command, Local Defence Force Volunteer Jim Rowley was posted as sentry on the wreckage of the Heinkel bomber. Now drawing extensively on once top secret G2 Military Intelligence files relating to the crash landing of belligerent aircraft, Michael will discuss the subsequent intrigue surrounding the recovery of this fateful aircraft. To illustrate this talk Michael will have on display on the night over a dozen artifacts recovered from original Heinkel’s He 111 aircraft.