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Luftwaffe Nightfighter Claim - Wellington

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Luftwaffe Nightfighter Claim - Wellington

Postby Mailman on 28 Jan 2013 12:20

Can someone translate the handwriting for me. I believe it's involves the claim for my late friend's Wellington Bomber being shot down nr Bergeijk, Holland. Thanks for looking :)
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Re: Luftwaffe Nightfighter Claim - Wellington

Postby Snautzer05 on 28 Jan 2013 13:23

Is it this one?
WELLINGTON HZ520
killed
F/Sgt H.V. Holmes – RAF
F/O D. S. Milne - RCAF
pow
F/Sgt E.A.Eams – RAF
F/O E.F. Lapham – RAF
W/O W.H. Wright – RAF
Leutnant Baake of Nachtjagdgeschwader 1./NJG1

see http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_de ... Submit6=Go

text:
Kill of a Vickers Wellinton by 4.591 # km south west of Bergeik. Crew of 5 , 1 dead recovered 1 taken prisoner rest probably under the wreckage. Airplane totally destroyed bruch (note: quatity of destruction) 95%.
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Re: Luftwaffe Nightfighter Claim - Wellington

Postby Mailman on 28 Jan 2013 13:30

Yes it is..I remember my friend showing me the photos in 94
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Re: Luftwaffe Nightfighter Claim - Wellington

Postby Snautzer05 on 28 Jan 2013 13:34

i added the text of the Kreigstagebuch Des Flughafenbereichskommando 6/III - Gilze-Rijen - 21/6-22/6/43 extract
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Re: Luftwaffe Nightfighter Claim - Wellington

Postby Larry D. on 28 Jan 2013 15:34

Hmmm. The KTB entry states that the Wellington was claimed by 4. Batterie/gem.Flak-Abt. 591(v). So either the 1./NJG 1 claim is wrong, or the Flak claim is wrong, or it was a shared claim. This Flak-Abt. had at least its 3. and 4. Battr. in Holland during 1943-44 with other elements in Rotterdam. The name of the location today may be Bergeyk, which is 16 km SW of Eindhoven.

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Re: Luftwaffe Nightfighter Claim - Wellington

Postby Mailman on 28 Jan 2013 15:41

Thanks for both of those responses. Very helpful. My friend always stated there was some confusion over the claim between ground & air forces. He always maintained they were hit by Baake, but on their subsequent decent were then hit by the flak battery. He said that he was about to bail out via the bomb bay, when the explosion (flak) knocked him back into the plane before he eventually parachued out shortly after
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Re: Luftwaffe Nightfighter Claim - Wellington

Postby Larry D. on 28 Jan 2013 17:12

Evidently a shared claim, then. That was a very common occurence.
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Re: Luftwaffe Nightfighter Claim - Wellington

Postby Snautzer05 on 30 Jan 2013 10:08

approx location of crash Fressevenweg, Bergeijk

https://maps.google.nl/maps?q=Fresseven ... a=N&tab=wl
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Re: Luftwaffe Nightfighter Claim - Wellington

Postby Mailman on 01 Feb 2013 12:13

Thanks for that info Snautzer. Very interesting!!
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