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Old 10-03-2009, 07:20 PM
miketull miketull is offline
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Default Claim for B-24 shootdowns 29 JAN 1944

The information that I have for Luftwaffe claims for Germany and the West for 29 JAN 1944 is as follows; Uffz, Kurt Stahnke and Ltn. Waldemar Radener both of JG26 each claimed a B-24 near Trier. Oblt. Rudolf Leuschel and Ltn. Dieter Kehl each claimed a B-24 between Niederflorsheim and Worms. Fw. Heinz Gomann claimed a B-24 west of Calais. The only 8th AF B-24 that was shot down on that day to my knowledge was B-24H, 42-7484-1-FO, 392 Bomb Group, 579th Bomb Sq. GC-L , "Sally Ann" Lt. Stukus Crew. I believe that visibility was poor and that having left the Frankfurt am Main area they could have turned to the southwest and then back to the Northwest. At any rate the crew, with the exception of the Bombardier, and Navigator who were killed by machine gun or cannon fire, didn't bail out until they were over Waterloo, Belgium. I was trying to ascertain the actual number of fighters that attacked this lone aircraft. I would like to hear everyones opinion.
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