On September 11, 1940 a 2nd Staffel crew, Fw. Hermann Brinkmann and his Bordfunker Uffz. Erwin Grüschow borrowed this aircraft after their regular aircraft failed to start. Over England, one of their engines abruptly quit. Almost immediately, their crippled aircraft was attacked by British fighters. Brinkmann managed to shake them, and headed for the Channel, his remaining engine damaged in the attack. He knew he would not make it back, but he hoped to get far enough into the Channel were German search and rescue units may be able to find them.
It soon became obvious they would not even make the Channel, and Brinkmann started looking for a field in which to crash-land his aircraft. Just as Brinkmann picked a good-looking spot to put down, they were again attacked by an RAF fighter, causing further damage and wounding Uffz. Grüschow in the thigh. Brinkmann managed to belly-land in a field at Cobham Farm, Charing. Both Brinkmann and Grüschow became POWs.