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Old 12-01-2016, 09:25 PM
Jason Scutt Jason Scutt is offline
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Can anyone help. I was told by my father, long before he died, that his biological father was a downed Luftwaffe pilot by the name of Lt Josef Forster, possibly a Junkers 88 pilot of NJG/2. The story is that he was a night fighter pilot who was shot down in 1945, and shipped over to a POW camp somewhere in England. When the war finished it appears that he chose to stay in England for a few years at least, and I am told went to work at a small farm in Well Vale, Nr Alford in Lincolnshire. He met my Grandmother, Enid Langley and I imagine in secret owing to the feeling of the time, they had a child, my father in 1950. I am then told that he then left the area never to return. That is all I know. For all my trawling of the internet I have not been able to find any solid evidence of him. I am led to believe he was awarded the German Cross in Gold for downing a number of allied planes, but this I can not confirm, but was told by my mother that my father sold it. If anyone can shed any light on the life and career of Josef Forster it would make me incredibly proud to know something about him. Many thanks.
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Old 12-05-2016, 11:07 AM
Jaap Woortman Jaap Woortman is offline
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Jason, this could be him:

FÖRSTER, Josef. 11.06.44 with 8./NJG 2. 20/21.07.44 Lt., 8./NJG 2. 26.08.44 Lt., 8./NJG 2.
06/07.11.44 Oblt., 11./NJG 3 WIA - shot down SW of Paderborn. 09.12.44 Oblt., appt Staka 10./NJG
3 (to 08.05.45). 02.45 crashed near Jever - Ju 88 G-6 (D5+AV). 03/04.03.45 Oblt., 10.(11.?)/NJG 3.
Apparently survived the war. Credited with at least 15 night victories.

Source: Career Summaries - Luftwaffe Officers 1935 - 1945

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Old 12-06-2016, 11:04 AM
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Jaap
That's amazing, thanks. You don't happen to know if there are any images of him, do you?
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Old 12-06-2016, 11:24 AM
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Jason,

You could contact Theo Boiten.
He is the writer of the "Nachtjagd war diaries" vol. 1 and 2.
I will send you his email address by PM.
Tell him your story and I am sure he will help you if he can.
In the two volumes are no pictures of Josef Förster.

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Old 12-08-2016, 08:14 PM
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I will

Many thanks to you Jaap
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Old 12-08-2016, 08:24 PM
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Jason,

After having contact with my fellow researchers in museum The Typhoon at Volkel Air Base, it's clear that Oblt Josef Förster and his unit have been based at Fliegerhorst Volkel.
18 May 1944 III./NJG 2 at Volkel with 7. and 8. Staffel.
Staffelkapitän 7./NJG 2 Olt. F.Tober
15 Aug. 1944 7. and 8./NJG 2 are leaving Volkel.
So, also from our side there is interest in Josef Förster.
Below is his victory/claim list.

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Dr. Theo Boiten. 'The Nachtjagd War Diaries', vol. 2. Waalton on Thames 2008.
10/11 June 1944
Lt. Josef Forster: 1 8./NJG2
4-mot Evreux to Melsbroek area 6.500 m. : 01.12 unidentified

16/17 June 1944
Lt. Josef Forster: 2 8./NJG2
4-mot sea 80-115 km W. Haarlem (GG): 2.900 m. 02.32 poss. 102 Sqn Halifax MZ292

20/21 July 1944
Lt. Josef Forster: 3 8./NJG2
4-mot Tilburg-'s Hertogenbosch (KL): 3.200 m 01.45 Lanc: 75 Sqn ND752 or 90 Sqn LM185
Lt. Josef Forster: 4 8./NJG2
4-mot S.W. Rotterdam: 900 m. 02.09 poss. 75 Sqn Lanc. ND800

28/29 July 1044
Lt. Josef Forster: 5 8./NJG2
4-mot Haguenau-Rastatt area (AQ-AR): 4.500 m. 01.46 Stuttgart raid

12/13 Aug. 1944
Lt. Josef Forster: 6 8./NJG2
4-mot 20 km. N.W. Hannover (FT-GT): 5.200 m. 24.00 poss. 101 Sqn Lanc. PB258
Lt. Josef Forster: 7 8./NJG2
4-mot Haseliinne-Diepholz (FQ-FR): 4.000 m. 00.48 prob. 115 Sqn Lanc. PB127

25/26 Aug. 1944
Lt. Josef Forster: 8 8./NJG2
4-mot 30 km N-E-S-W Wittlich 2.600 m 01.24 poss. 101 Sqn Lanc. NN705, (QO-QP-RO-RP): 622 Sqn Lanc. LM241, or 626 Sqn Lanc. PA989
Lt. Josef Forster: 9 8./NJG2
4-mot 30 km around Dinant (PL-PK-QL-QK): 6.400 m. 01.38 prob. 101 Sqn Lane. NN705

4/5 Nov. 1944
Oblt. Josef Forster: 10 11./NJG3
4-mot Coesfeld-Gelsenkirchen (JP-KP): 3.200 m. 19.29

6/7 Nov. 1944
Oblt. Josef Forster: 11 11./NJG3
4-mot Rheine-Münster (GP-GQ/ KP-KQ): 4.000 m 19.28 poss. 214 Sqn Fortress HB788

11/12 Nov. 1944
Oblt. Josef Forster: 12 11./NJG3
Lancaster (prob. on Harburg raid return route)

6/7 Dec. 1944
Obit. Josef Forster: 13 11./NJG3
Halifax

3/4 March 1945 Pag. 300.
No Nachtjagd claims can be specifically related to this period, but it is likely that between 01.00 and 01.59 hrs, Oblt. Josef Forster, St.Kpt. of 11./NJG3, claimed his 14th and 15th Abschusse, and Fw. Heinz Misch claimed his 10th. Of the heavies lost: 1651 HCU Lancaster JB699 crashed near Cottesmore airfield at 01.35 hrs, following an attack over Woolfox Lodge airfield, 76 Squadron Halifax MZ680 came down 5 km. SSE of Brigg at 01.36 (01.40), and 10 Squadron Halifax HX332 crashed 11 km. SE of Ripon at 01.40 hrs (01.00). At around 01.55 hrs, a Ju88 made repeated cannon attacks upon the burning bomb dump at Waddington, as fire crews fought to bring the blaze under control. Between 01.45 and 02.09 hrs, the 6 Group airfields of Croft, Skipton-upon-Swale, Leeming and Tholthorpe were attacked, without inflicting any serious damage. The Royal Observer Corps reported a total 35 intruders over the 6 Group area throughout the night
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Old 12-09-2016, 07:20 PM
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Jason,

I have found some information about the post-war carrière of a Josef Förster pilot of Lufthansa. I am not sure if he is the one you are looking for.
Contact me by email.

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