Artefact of the Month Archive

Luftwaffe 500 Kg Bomb

July, 2014

At 0155 hours on 8 March 1943 a German Dornier Do 217 bomber (U5+EH) of 1/KG2 was shot down to the south of Horsham, Sussex by a Beaufighter night fighter of No 29  Squadron based at RAF West Malling. The bomber had departed from Gilze-Rijen, Holland on an operation to attack Southampton Docks.

The captain of the Dornier, Feldwebel Gunter Vestewig and his observer were able to bail out and survived; his radio operator and gunner were killed. The Beaufighter was flown by Squadron Leader G H Goodman with Flying Officer W F E Thomas acting as navigator/radar operator.

In 1989 two 500 Kg and five 50 Kg were recovered from the crash site at Reek Wood, Fernhurst, near Midhurst and made safe by an RAF bomb disposal team.

The larger bomb was purchased by the late Tony Prideaux and was donated by his widow, Jilly, to the Museum in 2013.


Talks by Tangmere

The Museum is able to offer speakers to interested groups or societies on a range of subjects connected with the history of operations at RAF Tangmere and other military aviation subjects.

Further details of the full range of presentations and the availability of speakers can be obtained by calling the museum on 01243 790090, by emailing your interest to or by letter marked for the attention of the Chairman.

Museum Development

The Museum car park has been enlarged and re-laid and audio guides provided with the assistance of LEADER – the European Agricultural Fund for Redevelopment.