A German mechanic was part of the Nazi effort to locate the Ark of the Covenant in the Well of the Souls at the Tanis digsite outside Cairo, Egypt in 1936. Serving under Colonel Herman Dietrich, Major Gobler, French archaeologist René Emile Belloq and Gestapo agent Major Arnold Ernst Toht, the mechanic was assigned to help prepare for the transportation of the Ark from Tanis to Berlin, Egypt aboard the jet plane Flying Wing following the Nazis' locating of the relic. However, American archaeologist Indiana Jones and bar owner Marion Ravenwood intervened, and ended up causing the destruction of the Wing and the deaths of another mechanic and nine other soldiers.
Transporting the Ark Edit
In 1936, a German mechanic was part of the German effort to locate the Ark of the Covenant in the Well of the Souls at the Tanis digsite outside Cairo, Egypt in 1936. Serving under Colonel Herman Dietrich, Major Gobler, French archaeologist René Emile Belloq and Gestapo agent Major Arnold Ernst Toht. After the Ark was recovered from the Well of the Souls by American archaeologist Indiana Jones and his associate Sallah Mohammed Faisel el-Kahir and then captured by the Nazis, the relic was scheduled to be stored on the jet plane Flying Wing with this German mechanic assigned to prepare the plane and a German pilot assigned to fly the plane out of Tanis, Egypt to Berlin, Germany so that they could deliver the Ark to the Nazi party leader Adolf Hitler.
Whilst the German mechanic and pilot both helped prepare the Flying Wing, Major Gobler and his driver arrived for an inspection and update on the progress of the Wing's preparation. However, having escaped Nazi imprisonment inside the Well of the Souls, Jones and his companion, bar owner Marion Ravenwood, sneaked onto the airstrip just as Major Gobler and his driver left following an inspection, the Americans planning to take control of the Flying Wing and depart with the Ark. Just as Jones prepared to take the airplane, he was spotted by this mechanic who was working on the plane, forcing him to engage in a fight with the mechanic behind the oblivious pilot.
Jones landed the first kick on the mechanic's face from the roof of the plane, sending the Nazi stumbling backwards. As the American leapt down from the jet, the German attempted to fight back with his metal wrench, but the archaeologist was too quick. Despite the mechanic's greatest efforts to defeat the intruder, all of his attacks were quickly proven to be futile. The mechanic eventually resorting to leaping onto the American and attacking with his wrench, but Jones slowly tipped the German to the side, which caused his wrench to collide with the plane's propeller, destroying his only weapon and allowing Jones to knock the soldier to the ground, the mechanic hitting the side of the plane on the way down and being knocked unconscious.
The mechanic rolled across the ground in pain until he was fully beneath the plane, and Jones quickly resumed climbing atop the Flying Wing. However, he was forced to stop and lower himself when the mechanic's burlier partner arrived and began fighting him too. Whilst the first mechanic was still unconscious underneath the jet, Marion managed to knock out the pilot, activate the plane's engines and gun down an entire troop carrier full of soldiers, before Jones was almost beaten by his opponent before the Flying Wing's propeller caught him. The first mechanic didn't wake up until oil came streaming beneath the plane into him from a tanker hit by the jet's wing, and the soldier, sensing something catastrophic coming, fled the scene.
Behind the scenes Edit
The Second German Mechanic was portrayed uncredited by stuntman Glenn Randall, Jr. in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Despite Pat Roach's mechanic being credited as "1st Mechanic", Roach's mechanic is actually the second of the two mechanics to appear onscreen, with this mechanic appearing onscreen first.
In the film's comic book adaptation, Indy knocks out this mechanic in one punch in an area full of gasoline containers, unlike in the film where the mechanic puts up more of a fight before being defeated. After that, his companion accidentally shoots the Flying Wing's fuel tank which causes the Flying Wing's explosion, killing him and his partner in the process.
In the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! at Disney World, the Second German Mechanic is absent from the plane fight scene. The first mechanic is thus the one who works on the plane, and is therefore also the first to spot Indy. The character is also missing from LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures and, with the entire Flying Wing sequence being omitted from its sequel, he does not appear in it either.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (First appearance)
- Raiders of the Lost Ark novel
- Raiders of the Lost Ark comic