German Raid on Alesan Corsica

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German Raid on Alesan Corsica

Post by dsetzer » 06 Oct 2007 21:04

I am seeking information about the air raid on Alesan Corsica on May 13, 1944.

I think it was the III./KG76 out of Villaorba that did the raid. My father was with the 340th Bombardment Group 487th Bomb Squadron in Alesan. After the war he told me about the raid.

I know what happed from the Allied point of view (See http://www.budslawncare.com/57/index7.htm) for a full account (in English)), but I would like to know what the raid was like from the German side.

One source discribed the raid as one of the last great successes of the Luftwaffe. I would like to know what the German aviators saw, thought and felt on that night.

I can read German, so German information resources are OK.

Dan Setzer
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Alesan Raid - Corsica

Post by dsetzer » 11 Oct 2007 00:50

An individual on the http://www.luftarchiv.de bulletin board kindly pointed out to me that I was totally wrong in supposing that KG76 led the raid on Alesan, Corsica.

It turns out that it was Lehrgeschwader 1, also known as the Helbig Squadron by the British.

I also found two places on the web where it was mentioned:

http://www.luftwaffe39-45.historia.nom. ... helbig.htm (in Portuguese)

http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Per ... elbigJ.htm (in German)

The raid was mentioned in the Wehrmachtberichte on May 28, 1944, but I do not have a copy of that, nor have I found a German eyewitness account of the raid.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Dan Setzer
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