Ballantrae man shows off the German ‘plane’ he caught as a youngster

Richard Brocklehurst with the part of the German plane he caught as a 12 year old.

Richard Brocklehurst with the part of the German plane he caught as a 12 year old.

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A Ballantrae man has shown off a ‘big catch’ he caught whilst fishing as a youngster in Yorkshire from his Dad’s boat.

However, Richard Brocklehurst’s catch was no ordinary one as it was revealed to be part of a German plane that was used during World War One.

And with the hundred year anniversary of the war occuring this year, Richard thought it was the perfect time to tell his story to the Gazette.

“My Dad used to take us fishing out on his boat down near Bridlington.” he said.

“We were looking to catch plaice on the bed and on this particular day when I was 12 I thought I had caught something big on the line.

“I could feel it tugging on the line as I couldn’t afford a rod at the time and my Dad was saying “You’ve caught a big one there son”.

“So it was pulled up onto the boat and my Dad and his friends who were on the boat and I couldn’t believe that it wasn’t a plaice but instead part of a German war plane from World War One

“I’ve since had this for 53 years and it’s been stored in my garage ever since as my Dad told me to keep it.

“Through my work with the coastguard I’ve spent thousands of hours at sea and I don’t think I’ll ever come across something like that again

“It was amazing to see all the bullet holes and rivet holes on this plane which had lots of clay and mud on it.

“We could tell by the cross in the corner it was a World War One plane as swastika’s weren’t used until World War Two.”