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luftluuver
06-19-2007, 03:55 PM
Ta152H pilot Willi Reschke has had a heart Attack this past Thursday and is in the hospital. Doing good but is not allowed any physical activity nor anything do do with outside veterans programs for the rest of the year.

luftluuver
06-19-2007, 03:55 PM
Ta152H pilot Willi Reschke has had a heart Attack this past Thursday and is in the hospital. Doing good but is not allowed any physical activity nor anything do do with outside veterans programs for the rest of the year.

JG52Uther
06-19-2007, 04:11 PM
http://www.luftwaffe.cz/reschke.html

DKoor
06-19-2007, 04:34 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by luftluuver:
Ta152H pilot Willi Reschke has had a heart Attack this past Thursday and is in the hospital. Doing good but is not allowed any physical activity nor anything do do with outside veterans programs for the rest of the year. </div></BLOCKQUOTE> http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Hm. A lot of bad news lately regarding these old WW2 gents.... first Olds than this (bad) news.

Here is small excerpt from Osprey "FW-190 Aces of the Western Front" about his feat with the new TA-152H type - from his own words:


"The pilots were still busy attending to their machines when two enemy fighters were spotted some eight kilometers to the south west of the field making low-level passes over Ludwigslust railway yards.

Three TA-152s were ordered to scramble at once - pilots Oblt. Aufhammer, ObFw. Sattler and ObFw. Reschke.

'As the direction of take-off was in line with the railway tracks leading straight to Ludwigslust, we were almost immediately in contact with the enemy fighters, which turned out to be Tempests.
Flying in No.3 position I witnessed ObFw. Sattler ahead of me dive into the ground seconds before we reached them.
It was hardly possible for this crash to have been the result of enemy action, as the two Tempest pilots had clearly only just registered our presence.

So now it was two against two as the ground-level dogfight began. We knew the Tempest to be a very fast fighter, used by the British to chase and shot down our V-1s.
But here, in a fight which was never to climb above 50 meters, speed would not play a big part. The machines' ability to turn would be all important. Both pilots realized from the start that it would be a fight to the finish and used every flying trick and tactical ploy possible to try to gain the upper hand.
At this altitude neither could afford to make the slightest mistake. And for the first time flying TA-152 I began fully to appreciate exactly what this aircraft could do.

Pulling ever tighter turns I got closer and closer to the Tempest, never once feeling I was even approaching the limit of the TA's capabilities. And in order to keep out of my sights, the Tempest pilot was being forced to take increasingly dangerous evasive action.
When he flicked over onto the opposite wing I knew his last attempt to turn inside me has failed.

The first burst of fire from my TA-152 caught the Tempest in the tail and rear fuselage. The enemy aircraft shuddered noticeably and, probably as an instinctive reaction, the Tempest pilot yoked into a starboard turn, giving me even greater advantage.

Now there was no escape for the Tempest. I pressed my gun buttons a second time, but after a few rounds my weapons fell silent, and despite all my efforts to clear them, refused to fire another shot. I can no longer remember just who and what I didn't curse. But fortunately Tempest pilot didn't realize my predicament as he'd already taken hits.

Instead he continued desperately to twist and turn and I positioned myself so that I was always just within his field of vision. Eventually - inevitably - he stalled. The Tempest's left wing dropped and he crashed into the woods immediately below us.

It so happened that the site of ObFw. Sattler's crash, and that of Tempest pilot, who proved to be New Zealander WtOff. O.J.Mitchell, were only about one kilometer apart. They were buried side-by-side in Neustadt-Glewe cemetery next day with full military honours.' "

foxyboy1964
06-19-2007, 04:49 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> in a fight which was never to climb above 50 meters </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

wow!