This will be most interesting to some of my most loyal readers as we will see some familiar names…
Walter Evers’ name is found in a magazine.
|Walter Evers||1912||Fw.||0||31.08.40||gefallen, Luftkampf (Themsemündung)|
|Günther Kramer||1918||Fw.||0||31.08.40||gefallen, Luftkampf (Themsemündung)|
BATAILLES AERIENNES N°39
Author: Par Charles Aubusson.
Edition: The Battle of Angletterre – Part 2 : The Luftwaffe ace gives
For this latest edition of our quarterly ‘Batailles.. ‘ we return to the Battle of Britain. Entitled ‘The Luftwaffe launches its assault’, this issue covers in depth the period 23 July- 06 September with many new first-person accounts and rare photos from the collections of noted authorities Eric Mombeek, Jean-Yves Lorant and Jean-Louis Roba – one particular highlight is a nice selection of beautifully clear -and new – III./JG 26 images.
Equally fascinating is a collection of Spitfires down on the wrong side of the Channel – including the 234 Sq machine of P/O Richard Hardy with its ‘Victory- Vee over the Swastika’ cockpit emblem. Expecting to be shot out-of-hand on the spot, Hardy was cordially entertained with champagne in the mess of I./ JG 53.
The French language text, by Charles Aubusson, examines the lack of an overall strategic plan on the German side. With Hitler already committed to invading the Soviet Union and reluctant to make a serious invasion attempt across the Channel, tens of German airmen met their match every day through the summer of 1940 over England in a series of ultimately futile and frenzied air battles, all graphically related through personal accounts by crews of LG 1, ZG 2, ZG 76, KG 54, KG 55 and KG 27 to cite just a few examples…
” ..31 August was to be a black day for I./JG 77 recently posted to reinforce the Channel front. The Emils had only just moved into Marquise (between Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer) and were assigned to fly their first sortie – a free hunt – over Kent that morning. The Gruppe was quickly caught up in a wild dogfight with British fighters. Although Lt Herbert Muetherich of 3./JG77 -a future Knight’s Cross recipient- claimed a Spitfire shot down, 2. Staffel lost their Kapitän, Oblt. Ekkehard Priebe, who was taken captive after being forced to bale out over Ealham. While this in itself was a serious blow, the second sortie of the day, a bomber escort mission, proved to be a total disaster – at 3,000 feet over the Thames estuary a formation of Hurricanes fell on 1. Staffel. Six JG 77 109s were shot down including the Emil of Fw. Walter Evers, a veteran of the campaign in the West. Among the pilots forced to bale out were the Staffelkapitän, Oblt. Hans-Jurgen Ehrig, and Lt. Jura Petrenko– of Russo-German parentage- who was flying his first combat sortie of the war at the controls of ‘Yellow 4′..”
This issue is completed by some eighteen profile artworks by Thierry Dekker and a six-page detailed technical ‘dossier’ on the Bf 110 C-D, including detail photos.
Part III of this series will cover the raids on London and other British cities.