A Captured Messerschmitt ME 109 (Bf 109) Being Exhibited in Lincoln 1940

Author: The Lincolnshire Echo
Date: An April 2019 image taken directly from an official Lincolnshire Echo photographic print. Photo taken in November 1940.

A captured Messerschmitt Me 109 fighter being exhibited in the L.N.E.R. Central Yard, Lincoln in November 1940 for 'War Weapons Week'. Sir Nevile Henderson, Britain's Ambassador to Germany at the start of the war and a native of Silk Willoughby, near Sleaford can be seen addressing the crowd from the vehicle on the left.

Note: Sir Nevile Henderson was, at one time, a very good friend of Hermann Göring. After the outbreak of war, Sir Nevile was living with his widowed aunt, Mrs Sylvia Henderson, at Rauceby Hall in the parish of Silk Willoughby. The owner of Rauceby Hall was Sylvia's brother, John. Rauceby Hall was requisitioned for the war effort and housed German PoWs but also remained a refuge for the extended family.

Sir Nevile Henderson never married. He died, aged 60, on 30th December 1942 from cancer. He was staying in the Dorchester Hotel in London at the time.

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