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Old 21st January 2018, 19:11
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B-17 raid LE TRAIT 24 AUGUST 1942

Was this raid intercepted by any LW units? The 12 B-17s suffered minimal damage (3 aircraft) but I am unsure this was AA fire.

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Old 21st January 2018, 22:25
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Re: B-17 raid LE TRAIT 24 AUGUST 1942

Both JG 2 and JG 26 tried to intercept this raid but according to JG 26 War Diary by Caldwell no German fighter could reach the bombers, all fighting the Spitfire escort. The latter claimed 3-1-4 Fw 190 for two losses and 2 damaged, the German units claimed 6 Spitfires (1 by JG 2, 5 by JG 26) apparently without loss.
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Old 22nd January 2018, 19:18
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Re: B-17 raid LE TRAIT 24 AUGUST 1942

The claimed six Spitfires:

1730 hrs 4./JG 26 Oblt Kurt Ebersberger, east Doudeville
1730 hrs 5./JG 26 Ofw Heinrich Bierwirth, St. Valéry
1732 hrs 5./JG 26 Fw Paul Fritsch, Veules les Roses
1735 hrs 4./JG 26 Ofw Wilhelm Philipp, northwest Fécamp
1745 hrs 11./JG 2 Fw Helmut Baudach, 4 km southeast St. Valéry
1750 hrs 5./JG 26 Lt Gerhard Strasen, east Fécamp


Losses:
3./JG 2 Oblt Elmar Resch, Staffelkapitän engine trouble, emergency landing Octeville, <10%
Fw 190 A-3 2147 yellow 9

3./JG 2 Uffz Josef Bürckel wounded engine trouble, landing accident Tricqueville, 80%
Fw 190 A-2 0297

Source: JFV Vol. 7

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Old 22nd January 2018, 19:58
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Re: B-17 raid LE TRAIT 24 AUGUST 1942

As precised by Rottler, JG 2 had one loss, but not due to enemy action.
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