On August 20, 1940 launched a Luftwaffe Focke-Wulf Fw200 C-1 'Condor' of the Kampfgeschwader 40 (code F8 + KH) with a crew of 6 men from Bordeaux to the west coast of Ireland for weather observation. On the Irish coast, the plane had engine problems in bad weather and had to make an emergency landing on Mount Brandon. In a gap in the fog, Captain Kurt Mollenhauer managed a belly landing, injuring four people. The local police hit the Germans as they carried their wounded from Mount Brandon. They received food from the locals before being taken to Collins Barracks in Cork. At the time, Ireland had no prisoners of war anywhere. In fact, they were the first Germans to be held here. In the military base Curragh in Kildare an internment of inmates was carried out, where the Germans finally pulled out. They were able to move relatively freely, attended horse races and enjoyed the Guinness. The last crew member, radio operator Kurt Kyck, who had married and lived in Ireland, died in August 2010. In front of O'Connor's pub in Cloghane is a Fw200 engine fragment, with more wreckage inside.
The crew members were: Oblt. Kurt H MOLLENHAUER Ofw. Ronald BEUMER Fw. Ludwig WOCHNER Uffz. Hans A. BELL Gefr. Kurt KYCK