Kanalkampf. Mission 9: 18th July 1940

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Re: Kanalkampf. Mission 9: 18th July 1940

Post by Grey » Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:42 pm

18th July 1940

Name: Grey
Rank: Hgefr.
Unit: 5./JG26
Aircraft: Bf109E1
Markings: Black 1
Aerodrome: Marquise
Pilot Status: OK
Aircraft Status: Lost

Victory Claims:
TimePlaceAircraftOpponentConfirmed
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Re: Kanalkampf. Mission 9: 18th July 1940

Post by Flyby » Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:01 am

Mission Date: 18th July 1940

Name: Flyby
Rank: Unteroffizier
Unit: 5./JG26 2nd schwarm
Aircraft: 109 E-1
Markings: Black 8
Aerodrome: Marquise
Pilot Status: KIA
Aircraft Status: Lost

Victory Claims:
Time Place Aircraft Opponent Confirmed
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I took off as tail end Charlie after I had issues with two planes. Taking my position at the tail end of the Schwarm, all went well during take-off and forming up, though I did lag behind a little. As we climbed and headed south along the coast to our patrol area Dungeness and Boulogne the word came of enemy bombers, and moments later "fighters at 11 low. Our schwarm turned in to attack and the fight was on. Soon it was a furball extending from 5k down to the deck. I quickly lost track of Lee, and was on my own. It seemed every time I had one fighter lined up in my sights, tracers past my plane told me I needed to break off. I was forced lower and lower, and in the setting Sun it became hard to track targets below me, let alone even to see the ground. I had to rely on my instruments to keep me safe. But soon, over French Point I was over taken as I had lost speed, and I suffered a few hits. I jinked hard to get out of his sights. That cost me flying speed and my Emil went into a spin from which I no longer had enough eight to recover from. The flames from my funeral pyre lit the landscape. A sure marker for lost souls to find their way. BTW I think carrying 100% fuel so close to home might have been a mistake for me.
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Re: Kanalkampf. Mission 9: 18th July 1940

Post by Krass » Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:00 pm

Mission Date: 18th July 1940

Name: Krass
Rank: Obergefreiter
Unit: 5./JG26
Aircraft: BF 109 E-1
Markings: Black 6
Aerodrome: Marquise
Pilot Status: OK
Aircraft Status: Light Damage

On a glorious summer evening, our Gruppe receive orders for a routine patrol off the French coast. We take off to the beautiful roar of the Daimler-Benz DB 601 engine, our canopy's glinting in the pleasant sunset. For a moment, it seemed the war was far away, but the imposing sight of our 109's and orders to keep sharp lookout bring me back to focus..

All of a sudden our radios burst into life.. "ACHTUNG! Contacts below.. bombers!" At first I thought there must be some mistake, surely the British would not dare to bomb us in France.. in daylight? I have not time to dwell on this, as our Staffel's are ordered to dive down to attack the Tommy's. We swoop in and out of the lightly escorted Blenheim's, and soon they are in disarray.

More orders come in, and before long, we are engaged with the main force of RAF fighters around French Point, Calais and Boulogne. I climb to 5k meters where I see lots of flak, eager to get a Tommy in my sights. All of a sudden I see enemy tracer rounds flashing past my fuselage.. I quickly split-s and dive to 2k meters, losing the Hurricane and back on the hunt once again. Back at 5k meters, my patience is rewarded, a lone Hurricane is oblivious to my presence and I begin a slow approach on his six. I press the trigger, but the usual shudder from the recoil of our deadly cannons is absent. I remember we are in our replacement E-1's for this patrol and have MG's only. This is both a curse and blessing, my shots are wide but no tracer rounds mean he is still unaware, and I slowly bring my bursts closer and closer until I see hits on his wings. He now makes a steep left dive but as I prepare to follow I'm hit from a lucky burst from an unseen enemy.

My plane seems Ok as I dive low and fast over French point, losing the chasing Tommy, but then I notice he must have hit my oil cooler and sadly prepare my trusty 109 for a challenging landing in a typically unkempt french field. I land unscathed, unstrap and begin the short walk back to our airfield. I begin to think of that Hurricane I hit, did he make it back to England? Maybe.. but there will always be another time.. and the Luftwaffe is always ready.


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Re: Kanalkampf. Mission 9: 18th July 1940

Post by Stig » Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:36 pm

Mission Date: 18-07-1940

Name: Stig
Rank: Hauptgefreiter
Unit: 5./JG26
Aircraft: Bf109E-1
Markings: Black 7
Aerodrome: Marquise
Status: Pilot ok / Aircraft lost

Pretty much the same old story, took off, got seperated entering the fight, tangled with a Spitfire, and got shot down by his unseen cronie, baled off Cap de Graz Nez. The Seenotdienst guys are greeting me by name when they pull me out of the water.

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Re: Kanalkampf. Mission 9: 18th July 1940

Post by Hypoxia » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:14 pm

Mission Date: 3/2/2014
Name: Hypoxia
Unit: 4./JG26BF109-E4
Markings: White 12
Aerodrome: Marquis
Status: Returned Aircraft to base without so much as a scratch
Victory Claims: 0
Time Place Aircraft Opponent Confirmed
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Took off with Mason and Druid as a schwarm1 flight of 3. Herman and DIO attached as well. Form up and climb went well. Encountered a flight of bombers and attacked. Got hits on 2 bombers. Got separated from Mason and Druid. Got into multiple engagements with Hurricanes and Spitfires and got some hits but kept my energy state high and refused to turn with them. Hooked up with Hermann who shot a Spitfire off my tail. Confirm his kill. Fuel running low and bandits turned tail. Landed with Herman back at Marquise just as my TeamSpeak connection was lost.

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Re: Kanalkampf. Mission 9: 18th July 1940

Post by Chumleigh » Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:22 am

Mission Date: 18th July 1940

Name: Chumleigh
Rank: Hauptgefreiter
Unit: 4./JG26
Aircraft: E4
Markings: White 14
Aerodrome: Marquise West
Pilot Status: OK
Aircraft Status:heavy damage

-inflicted heavy damage on 2 Blenheims and 2 hurricanes over the Channel. Pieces of the tail sections dropped from both Blenheims. I believe one hurricane was too badly damaged to return to England from where I hit him with a few bursts near the French coast however the kill was not confirmed. I was unable to make it back to a Luftwaffe airfield and crash landed in a field southeast of Bologne. Fortunately I did not sustain any serious injuries - just a few cuts and bruises here and there - just enough to garner a little sympathy from the ladies!

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Time Place Aircraft Opponent Confirmed
channel near Bologne- --hurricane -no
channel Blenheim no
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Re: Kanalkampf. Mission 9: 18th July 1940

Post by Atreides » Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:07 pm

Mission Date: 18-07-1940 1829-1917

Name: Atreides
Rank: Leutnant
Unit: 5./JG26
Aircraft: Bf-109 E1
Markings: Black 3
Aerodrome: Marquise West
Status: Bailed out near French Point.
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Damaged 2 to 3 Hurricanes and 1 Spit. Unclear what happened to them afterward.

10-5-1940 - Bergen - the Netherlands

Airfield Bergen before 10-5-1940
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It was a typical spring morning. Nonetheless the 2 long time friends and pilots of 4 JaVA (JachtVliegtuig Afdeling), a squadron flying the new Fokker G.I Jachtkruiser, hadn't had much sleep that night. Reports had come in about German bombers overflying the Netherlands on their way to England. Aside from the overflying planes, an unfortunate regular sight these days, it didn't help their sense of well being that border guards had reported increased activity on the German side.

Until now the Netherlands had luckily remained neutral, but the wolf to the east was known for ignoring that. All had seemed well, the bombers were now over the sea, but still it was uncomfortable having heavily armed planes so close to their bases while their best planes stood outside. Unfortunately these were forced to be lined up on the small concrete ramp, since the rest of the field was too marshy for parking.

The 2 friends were standing outside, a concerned look on their faces as they looked at the Jachtkruisers. If only that field had been dryer they had made sure the planes were spread out more. Strangely yesterday it had still been a dry field, however seemingly without rain the planes had started to sink into the ground, forcing the mechanics to move them to the small ramp.

Suddenly at 3:55 Amsterdam Time they again heard bombers closing, however closer than before, alarmingly close. Then they saw them with bomb bay doors opened approaching the airfield. At the same time the sirens started the first row of G.I's exploded, blocking the way for the others. After the attack had ended most Fokkers had been damaged or destroyed.

Airfield Bergen on 10-5-1940
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The 2 men had survived the attack and looked at the wreckage with disbelief.
“If only this field had been drier, we could be up there fighting these bastards” said the tallest and most dashingly handsome of the 2. "How did the field suddenly become so marshy?"
“Say, wasn't there an accident on the road next to the field between 2 trucks yesterday?” replied the other, a joyous character, who was 1st Lt, who for unknown reasons insisted to be called the same as an obscure district in a small American city.
“You're right, that accident! They were tankers. What did they transport again?” asked the first one, a 2nd Lt, who in turn strangely wanted to be called like a fictional character, which he insisted was from a well known book series (however no one seemed to know that series).
“I believe it was English Tea and German Beer. Of course! German Beer is well known for the fact that it contains water. Sabotage!” his friend exclaimed.
“Are you mad, it must have been the English Tea. Remember, it was German beer, not American. It's not pure water like tea. Tea can make a field more marshy than beer. Betrayal! We have been stabbed in the back by the Allies so the Germans could destroy us easily.”
“That strangely makes sense, but you always have been the smarter one of us... but the British would never sacrifice tea for a trick like this." Answered the 1st Lt. "No. It can't be them. But first things first. The odds of staying here are impossible, so we must find a way to get to England to help fight the Germans.”
“Wait! I saw you drinking tea this morning. You've done this, haven't you?” Retorted the 2nd Lt. He drew his gun and while aiming at his friend continued. “This betrayal won't stand. I won't stop until I have my revenge on the allies...and on you”. He shot, but his now enemy jumped out of the way and shot back while landing on the ground, but he also missed. Shouts sounded in the distance and they each ran their own way. Had they only looked to one of the more remote hangar sheds there, they would've seen the large empty barrels of vodka...

18-7-1940 - Northwest of Cap Gris-Nez

Earlier the 5th had taken off as a whole successfully and had stayed together for a long time. Though we had a lot of new pilots, our recently acquired operational status was well deserved, for we had no trouble keeping up with the other 2 Staffeln. Incredible progress for such a short time of training. When over the channel the Gruppenkommandeur had called out a group of bombers heading to Cap Gris-Nez. When heading there enemy Hurricanes engaged us and the 5th engaged.
I managed to damage 1, possibly 2 Hurricanes in the ensuing furball. My aim unfortunately was bad. This furball made the Staffel become spread out. Alone I saw a Hurricane attacking another 109 low on the deck near Wissant. The 109 sadly got shot down. I managed to get a shot at the Hurricane, but again my aim was of and I found me being chased by him. Diving along Cap Gris-Nez to Boulogne I managed to shake him off but couldn't reacquire him due to the low sun.

A Staffelmember called out being chased by enemies along Cap Gris-Nez so I headed there from over the channel. I encountered a Spitfire who was streaming and got some shots in him from his 6, hitting him but not disabling him. Evading a turn-fight I started to climb, though the Spitfire seemed to have little trouble keeping it's energy in a turn and the ensuing climb to follow me. Eventually he started to slowly drop off and I considered going on the attack again...when I saw that Hurricane approaching.

It was him again! I recognized the markings on his plane immediately. After that fateful day in may I had not forgiven him his choice for tea rather than beer. We had met after that. O yes, almost every sortie I had flown during and after the Fall of France we had encountered each other. In these engagements we both had at different times been on the advantage so I knew I could win, if only...flames erupted. My engine was on fire and the cockpit was immediately full of smoke. Damn, a well aimed shot. I had to act fast. Jettisoning my canopy I got out of my seat. Luckily my clothes and parachute didn't immediately get burned and I managed to jump clear. With great relief I saw the parachute opening. This relief however quickly got replaced by raging anger. "I will get him" I promised myself. Maybe he can even be made to see the light of beer instead of tea. However, I would first need to encounter him again.

Note: Except for of course the part about beer and tea, the rest of the first part is more or less an accurate depiction of the events at Bergen airfield on the morning of may 10th 1940

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Re: Kanalkampf. Mission 9: 18th July 1940

Post by Madigan » Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:59 pm

Mission Date: 18th July 1940

Name: Madigan
Rank: Obergefreiter
Unit: 5./JG26
Aircraft: Bf109 E-4
Markings: Black-20
Aerodrome: Marquise
Pilot Status: KIA
Aircraft Status: Lost

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Re: Kanalkampf. Mission 9: 18th July 1940

Post by Warjunkie » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:26 pm

Name:Warjunkie
Rank: Unterfeldwebel
Unit: 6./JG26
Aircraft: Bf 109 E-3
Markings: 16
Aerodrome: Marquise
Pilot Status: OK
Aircraft Status: Damaged

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Re: Kanalkampf. Mission 9: 18th July 1940

Post by Neun » Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:55 pm

Name:Neun
Rank: Feldwebel
Unit: 6./JG26
Aircraft: Bf 109 E-3
Markings: 9
Aerodrome: Marquise
Pilot Status: OK
Aircraft Status: ok

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