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Old 27th February 2013, 03:07
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Ofw Hermann Förster 2./JG27

Hello All.
I recently found mention of the following on Hakan’s Biplane website while researching RN Brewster Buffalos:

“Lt(A) Kenneth Lloyd Keith DSC, RN
In June 1941 he was still assigned to HMS Eagle and 813 Fighter Flight. However during this time he was seconded to an ad hoc RN unit comprising a mixture of Buffaloes, Fulmars, Sea Gladiators and borrowed RAF Hurricanes with pilots drawn from 803, 805 and 806 Squadrons, which was based at Dekhelia near Alexandria. The unit was tasked mainly with escorting convoys between Mersa Matruh and Tobruk. Most of the sorties were uneventful.

On 17 June 1941 he was shot down flying an 805 Squadron Brewster Buffalo (AX813) while on a fighter patrol over HM ships north-west of Sidi Barrani. Although wounded, Keith survived the crash and was rescued by a German patrol, but he subsequently died of his wounds on 26 June 1941. Most probably he was shot down by Oberfeldwebel Hermann Förster (totally 13 victories) of 2./JG 27 who claimed an enemy aircraft in the area during the day, which he identified as a 'Brewster'. “

Can anyone shed any further light on the incident or on Ofw Hermann Förster of 2/JG 27?

Regards, …geoff
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