This arrived in the post a few minutes ago "The FW-200 Condor" - A Complete history by Jerry Scutts ( Crecy 2010). An exert from "July mining" on page 82. "Petersen managed to persuade Luftwaffe Chief of Staff Jeschonneck to return the Condors to reconnaissance work at the end of July . Among KG40's losses from mine-laying sorties were two FW-200c-1's flown respectively by Hptm Roman Steszyn (F8+EH) and Hptm Volkmar Zenker (F8+BH) . Steszyn was drowned when his Condor was shot down into the sea off Hartlepool by British AA fire on the night of 19/20 July. Actually a member of KG51 , Steszyn's fate was shared by Feldwebel Meier and Zraunig. The two other members of the crew , Feldwebel Kulken and Nicolai became POW's Steszyn was Stafel Kapatain of I/KG40 at the time of his loss. The aircraft captained by Hptm Volkmar Zenker was forced to dicth off Belfast on the 24th after the crew had trouble releasing the last of four magnetic mines . When ZenKer took took the aircraft down to jettison the mine he was as low as 15 metres ; when opening the throttles brought both port engines to a stop and the aircraft banked steeply. To avoid the wingtip ploughing into the water Zenker feathered the starboard engines to counter the swing and prepared to ditch . It was a difficult decision as the aircraft still had fuel but there was a blockage in the fuel lines caused he suspected by the long dive with the engines throttled back. With no altitude , even full revolutions may not have lifted the aircraft in time and ZenKer put the aircraft into the sea on as level an attitude as he could manage. Despite frantic efforts to inflate a dinghy after the ditching ( the interior quickly filled with water) Bordenfunker Uffz. Heinz Hocker finally managed to do so after swimming away. Zenker was soon exhausted but he and Gefr. Hohmann climbed into the dinghy , where the German airmen awaited their fate. This materialised in the form of an Irish patrol boat which hauled them aboard and headed into Belfast harbour. Nothing was heard from the other two members of the Condor's crew. Petersen had consequently lost two Staffel Kaptain ( Zenker was in command of II/KG40 at that time in less than a week. Wasteage of experienced pilots supported Petersen's case for leaving mine-laying to other units. " ( The author also may be mistaken in saying "II/KG40" , but I have quoted what he has written , ? a translation or note taking error my be the source of this perhaps at the interrogation of the POW's , from the nature of the account it seems reasonable that the pilot spoke quite freely on what went wrong.) You have to feel for them ...... mission almost accomplished then a fuel blockage / air lock causes them to have to ditch in the very waters they had just mined.