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woofiedog
06-27-2011, 10:15 PM
Night of the Inturder

Night of the Intruders - 60 Years On (http://www.clickpress.com/releases/Detailed/266005cp.shtml)

On the night of 3rd March 1945, German night-fighters launched Operation Gisela against the 450 heavy bombers of 4, 5 & 6 Groups RAF Bomber Command returning from a raid on the synthetic oil plants at Kamen, in the Ruhr and the Dortmund Canal.

For this mission, 142 Ju-88G's of NJG2,NJG3 and NJG4 were committed to Gisela. Seventy to eighty crews operated over England in several waves. They were to intercept 234 RAF bombers returning from a raid on Kamen, and another 222 bombers returning from a raid on Ladbergen. However, the High Command did not commit enough fighters to the operation and only minimal damage was inflicted upon the RAF. Never again would the Nachtjagd operate in such numbers.

At around midnight 100 Junkers 88ís crossed the English coast from the Thames to Yorkshire and infiltrated the returning bomber streams. Two hours later at least 24 bombers had been shot down and a further 20 damaged.

Having shot down two Halifax bombers of 158 Squadron returning to RAF Lissett near Bridlington, Hauptman Johann Dreher of 13 Nachtjagdeschwader Gruppen (Night fighter destroyer group), in his Junkers 88G turned to attack the French Air Force Halifaxís landing at Elvington.

The runway lights were switched off and all aircraft ordered (in French) to divert to other airfields. It was 1:50am and as the alarms sounded, Capitaine Notelleís Halifax pulled sharply up and, narrowly escaping, headed north towards RAF Croft. He was stalked by another German night fighter and was hit 3 times before crash landing near Darlington. All the crew survived.

Meanwhile, Dreherís Junkers 88 continued to attack RAF Elvington, strafing the road and a passing taxi. Circling round for another attack, it clipped a tree and crashed into Dunnington Lodge farmhouse, killing all 5 crew; the farmer, Richard Moll; his wife and mother. A black cross can be seen by the roadside in front of the farmhouse near the Museum on the road back to York.

Original war graves of the crew members at Scampton Churchyard, Lincolnshire. (http://www.aircrewremembrancesociety.com/luft1945/Conze.html)

The crew list of the JU88 at Elvington is:
Hauptmann Johann Dreher. Iron Cross.
Oberfeldwebel Hugo Boker.
Feldwebel Martin Bechter.
Feldwebel Gustav Schmitz.

The war ended just 9 weeks later and this is probably the scene of the very last Luftwaffe aircraft crash on British soil.

woofiedog
06-27-2011, 10:15 PM
Night of the Inturder

Night of the Intruders - 60 Years On (http://www.clickpress.com/releases/Detailed/266005cp.shtml)

On the night of 3rd March 1945, German night-fighters launched Operation Gisela against the 450 heavy bombers of 4, 5 & 6 Groups RAF Bomber Command returning from a raid on the synthetic oil plants at Kamen, in the Ruhr and the Dortmund Canal.

For this mission, 142 Ju-88G's of NJG2,NJG3 and NJG4 were committed to Gisela. Seventy to eighty crews operated over England in several waves. They were to intercept 234 RAF bombers returning from a raid on Kamen, and another 222 bombers returning from a raid on Ladbergen. However, the High Command did not commit enough fighters to the operation and only minimal damage was inflicted upon the RAF. Never again would the Nachtjagd operate in such numbers.

At around midnight 100 Junkers 88ís crossed the English coast from the Thames to Yorkshire and infiltrated the returning bomber streams. Two hours later at least 24 bombers had been shot down and a further 20 damaged.

Having shot down two Halifax bombers of 158 Squadron returning to RAF Lissett near Bridlington, Hauptman Johann Dreher of 13 Nachtjagdeschwader Gruppen (Night fighter destroyer group), in his Junkers 88G turned to attack the French Air Force Halifaxís landing at Elvington.

The runway lights were switched off and all aircraft ordered (in French) to divert to other airfields. It was 1:50am and as the alarms sounded, Capitaine Notelleís Halifax pulled sharply up and, narrowly escaping, headed north towards RAF Croft. He was stalked by another German night fighter and was hit 3 times before crash landing near Darlington. All the crew survived.

Meanwhile, Dreherís Junkers 88 continued to attack RAF Elvington, strafing the road and a passing taxi. Circling round for another attack, it clipped a tree and crashed into Dunnington Lodge farmhouse, killing all 5 crew; the farmer, Richard Moll; his wife and mother. A black cross can be seen by the roadside in front of the farmhouse near the Museum on the road back to York.

Original war graves of the crew members at Scampton Churchyard, Lincolnshire. (http://www.aircrewremembrancesociety.com/luft1945/Conze.html)

The crew list of the JU88 at Elvington is:
Hauptmann Johann Dreher. Iron Cross.
Oberfeldwebel Hugo Boker.
Feldwebel Martin Bechter.
Feldwebel Gustav Schmitz.

The war ended just 9 weeks later and this is probably the scene of the very last Luftwaffe aircraft crash on British soil.