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XyZspineZyX
07-01-2003, 03:24 PM
"Flight to the Operational Base
Junkers 188s of I/KG6 transiting from Chi√¬®vres, Belgium to M√ľnster-Handorf before their night bombing raid on London 15th October 1943

On the night of 15th October 1943, I/KG6 was tasked with its first major operational sortie against the British mainland. The plan was to mount a nuisance raid against London in retaliation for recent attacks on German cities.
The Junkers 188s were loaded with bombs at their forward base of Chi√¬®vres but then had to make a transit flight to M√ľnster-Handorf in order to refuel.
As night fell, five aircraft departed M√ľnster-Handorf and headed for London. The first off was Hauptmann Helmuth Waldecker in 3E+BL closely followed by Leutnant Karl Geyr in 3E+HH.

Geyr and his crew, Feldwebel Walter Flessner (observer), Obergefrieter Dietram Kretzschmar (radio operator) and Obergefrieter Otto Schmidt (flight engineer) flew low level to the Dutch coast and then climbed to 20,000 to follow a Knickebein beam towards Harwich. After following a deliberately erratic course to confuse night fighters, they dropped their bombs on London and headed for home.

Within minutes of dropping their bombs however, their Ju188 was hit by flak, an ominous warning that they weren't safe yet. Ten minutes later one of the crew spotted the dark shape of a Mosquito night fighter moving across the night sky. Immediately four bursts of cannon fire ripped into their aircraft and their fate was sealed. With the fuel tanks on fire and all but the pilot wounded, the aircraft spun out of control and crashed near Birchington in Kent.
The time was 2318 hrs and although two crew members managed to bale out in time, sadly only the pilot, Karl Geyr, survived.
It had been a grim night for I/KG6, the first Ju188 to take off had been shot down twenty minutes earlier, near Harwich, and a third was shot into the sea off Clacton at 23.10.
All three aircraft were claimed by Mosquitoes of 85 Squadron, the second two by one crew, Flying Officer Hugh Thomas and Warrant Officer C B Hamilton.
These aircraft were the first Junkers 188s to fall upon British soil during World War Two.

This painting depicts the Junkers 188s transiting from Chi√¬®vres to M√ľnster-Handorf in preparation for the night raid. Karl Geyr clearly remembers that at this time, these new aircraft had not been painted with black distemper on the undersurfaces, something that was hastily applied in the following weeks."

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XyZspineZyX
07-01-2003, 03:24 PM
"Flight to the Operational Base
Junkers 188s of I/KG6 transiting from Chi√¬®vres, Belgium to M√ľnster-Handorf before their night bombing raid on London 15th October 1943

On the night of 15th October 1943, I/KG6 was tasked with its first major operational sortie against the British mainland. The plan was to mount a nuisance raid against London in retaliation for recent attacks on German cities.
The Junkers 188s were loaded with bombs at their forward base of Chi√¬®vres but then had to make a transit flight to M√ľnster-Handorf in order to refuel.
As night fell, five aircraft departed M√ľnster-Handorf and headed for London. The first off was Hauptmann Helmuth Waldecker in 3E+BL closely followed by Leutnant Karl Geyr in 3E+HH.

Geyr and his crew, Feldwebel Walter Flessner (observer), Obergefrieter Dietram Kretzschmar (radio operator) and Obergefrieter Otto Schmidt (flight engineer) flew low level to the Dutch coast and then climbed to 20,000 to follow a Knickebein beam towards Harwich. After following a deliberately erratic course to confuse night fighters, they dropped their bombs on London and headed for home.

Within minutes of dropping their bombs however, their Ju188 was hit by flak, an ominous warning that they weren't safe yet. Ten minutes later one of the crew spotted the dark shape of a Mosquito night fighter moving across the night sky. Immediately four bursts of cannon fire ripped into their aircraft and their fate was sealed. With the fuel tanks on fire and all but the pilot wounded, the aircraft spun out of control and crashed near Birchington in Kent.
The time was 2318 hrs and although two crew members managed to bale out in time, sadly only the pilot, Karl Geyr, survived.
It had been a grim night for I/KG6, the first Ju188 to take off had been shot down twenty minutes earlier, near Harwich, and a third was shot into the sea off Clacton at 23.10.
All three aircraft were claimed by Mosquitoes of 85 Squadron, the second two by one crew, Flying Officer Hugh Thomas and Warrant Officer C B Hamilton.
These aircraft were the first Junkers 188s to fall upon British soil during World War Two.

This painting depicts the Junkers 188s transiting from Chi√¬®vres to M√ľnster-Handorf in preparation for the night raid. Karl Geyr clearly remembers that at this time, these new aircraft had not been painted with black distemper on the undersurfaces, something that was hastily applied in the following weeks."

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XyZspineZyX
07-01-2003, 03:26 PM
Nice read but we don't even have a flyable Ju-88 yet /i/smilies/16x16_robot-sad.gif

<center>http://www.churchofthegrey.com/coolferret/hal9000/hal2.jpg <marquee>Well, I don't think there is any question about it. It can only be attributable to human error. This sort of thing has cropped up before and it has always been due to human error.</marquee></center>

XyZspineZyX
07-01-2003, 03:33 PM
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Message Edited on 07/01/0310:34AM by MiloMorai

XyZspineZyX
07-01-2003, 03:36 PM
Lets try that again with the new sig./i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif




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XyZspineZyX
07-02-2003, 01:43 AM
Nice read ,but until any flyable Ju88...
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"The show must go on..."

XyZspineZyX
07-02-2003, 02:33 AM
Love the painting. Check out the incomplete mid level cloud layer, not extending far enought west to prevent the western sunset from shining through beneath. And the high level cirruse clouds.

That's the kind of air combat environment we need in FB, not real time dynamic modelling of rust growth behind the cockpit instrument panel (dynamic mold growth for wooden Yaks).