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Old 25th May 2006, 18:56
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Re: Losses of LW for the 16 oct 1944

Maybe these infos (which are far from being complete) from various sources are of interest:
North:
Trying to crush german Heeresgruppe Nord in the Courland Pocket 1st Baltic Front was beaten back on 16.10.44 in the first offensive with severe losses.
3rd Belorussian Front opened an offensive towards East Prussia. Defending the area was Luftflotte 6 which was considerabely reinforced by the arrival of units from other sectors including III./JG.51 from Courland and Stabstaffel, I. & III./JG.52 from Luftflotte 4. The following weeks would see large-scale air battles over East Prussia as LF.6´s 800 aircraft clashed with 3,000 aircraft of 1.VA and 4.VA in a relatively small area.
303 IAD (General-Mayor Georgii Nefyodovich Zakharov) was redeployed to 3 Belorussian Front at the East Prussia front-line after rest and re-equipment in October 1944 and had it´s best day of the war with 56 victories on 16.10.44 in combat over the Königsberg sector, 19 (or 20 Fw.190s – Seidl) by 18 GIAP
(Podpolk. A.Ye. Golubev) in the Insterburg area plus 4 aircraft destroyed on the ground and 29 by Normandie Niemen. 18 GIAP had not a single loss. 303 IAD included 139 GIAP (Yak-9U), 18 GIAP (Yak-3) and the French Normandie Niemen regiment (Yak-3), 9 GIAP (La-7) under Mayor V.D. Lavrinenko and 523 IAP (La-5). By the end of the week of instensive fighting GC Normandie Niemen´s (303 IAD/ 1 VA, Major P. Pouyade) had claimed 92 victories in 480 sorties (operating from Antonous, Lithuania), but serviceability was heavily affected (see 28 October).
Mayor Semyon Alekseevich Sibirin CO of 1 AE/ 18 GIAP claimed 1 Fw.190 s/d over Insterburg flying a Yak-3.
Kapitan Vasilij Nikolayevich Barsukov (22+6 AV) CO of 2 AE / 18 GIAP claimed 1 Fw.190 s/d in a morning and 1 Fw.190 s/d in an afternoon sortie flying a Yak-3; he was to gain 7 victories over East Prussia.
Lt. Nikolai Grigor´evich Pinchuk (22+2 AV) flying a Yak-3 of 18 GIAP (303 IAD) claimed 2 Fw.190s s/d near Insterburg, East Prussia.
Kap. Nikolaj Nikitovich Danilenko (16+1 AV) claimed 1 Fw.190 s/d over East Prussia flying a Yak-3 of 18 GIAP (303 IAD/1 VA).
Claims by GC Normandie Niemen (99 to 127 for the Regiment): 16 Fw.190s, 8 Bf.109s & 5 Ju.87s.
16 oct. 1944; M. Challe; 2; BF109; Wyrballen; 99
16 oct. 1944; Perrin; 1,50; FW190; Eydtkunen; 100
16 oct. 1944; R. Challe; 2,50; FW190; Pillkallen; 101
16 oct. 1944; Matras; 1,75; BF109; Stallupönen; 102
16 oct. 1944; André; 2,50; FW190; Gumbinnen; 103
16 oct. 1944; Albert; 8,90; De La Poype; 5,70; R. Sauvage; 1,20; Marchi; 0,20 Taburet; 1,20; JU87; Pillupönen; 104
16 oct. 1944; Albert; 9,40; R. Sauvage; 1,70; JU87; Pillupönen; 105
16 oct. 1944; Marchi; 1,20; Ju87; Pillupönen; 106
16 oct. 1944; De La Poype; 6,70; JU87; Pillupönen; 107
16 oct. 1944; Taburet; 2,20; JU87; Darkehmen; 108
16 oct. 1944; Lebras; 1; FW190; Pillkallen; 109
16 oct. 1944; Carbon; 1; BF109; Stallupönen; 110
16 oct. 1944; Carbon; 2; BF109; Stallupönen; 111
16 oct. 1944; Pouyade; 3,34; FW190; Eydtkunen; 112
16 oct. 1944; Perrin; 2,50; FW190; Stallupönen; 113
16 oct. 1944; Amarger; 1,50; FW190; Stallupönen; 114
16 oct. 1944; Cuffaut; 2,50; FW190; Stallupönen; 115
16 oct. 1944; Cuffaut; 3,50; FW190; Gumbinnen; 116
16 oct. 1944; De La Salle; 1,20; FW190; Stallupönen; 117
16 oct. 1944; Charras; 1; FW190; Stallupönen; 118
16 oct. 1944; Delfino; 1; BF109; Darkehmen; 119
16 oct. 1944; Laurent; 1; FW190; Stallupönen; 120
16 oct. 1944; R. Challe; 3,50; BF109; Goldap; 121
16 oct. 1944; Genès; 0,70; Manceau; 0,70; BF109; Goldap; 122
16 oct. 1944; Martin; 1; FW190; Pillupönen; 123
16 oct. 1944; Albert; 10,40; FW190; Stallupönen; 124
16 oct. 1944; De La Poype; 7,20; Marchi; 1,70; FW190; Stallupönen; 125
16 oct. 1944; De La Poype; 7,70; Marchi; 2,20; FW190; Stallupönen; 126
16 oct. 1944; R. Sauvage; 2,20; Mertzisen; 0,75; BF109; Göritten; 127
Luftwaffe Losses:
JG.52 lost 6 Bf.109G-6s in combat over East Prussia, one was flown by 100-victory ace Oblt. Rudolf Trenkel of I. Gruppe, who baled out after being hit by a Normandie Niemen Yak-3 fighter. In the next few days Trenkel was s/d another four times each time bailing out safe.
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