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Old 17th August 2005, 09:25
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"Wirklich beschossen" claims in German materials

Gentlemen,

well, an interesting question. I checked hundeds of detailed Abschussmeldungen in BA-MA, but don't remember any of them, which was mentioned as "wirklich beschossen" and later was claimed as a full kill, but it not means, that it's not happened sometimes.

Anyone have some details, when "wirklich beschossen" planes were confirmed as kills or were mentioned among the air victories?

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Old 17th August 2005, 10:07
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Re: "Wirklich beschossen" claims in German materials

It means "fired upon effectively" so I guess it would be similar to anRAF claim of damaged if "effectively" meant that pieces flew off or smoke was seen to emerge.
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Old 17th August 2005, 10:29
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Re: "Wirklich beschossen" claims in German materials

The correct german word is wirksam! The meaning is as described by Nick Beale.


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Old 17th August 2005, 11:01
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Re: "Wirklich beschossen" claims in German materials

Ok, thanks for the correcting (just copied it from Tony Wood's list without thinking>;-P) but I am still interested in the answer, because the Luftwaffe did not count the damaged planes generally and not added these events to the pilot's personal successes. So, where there any of these type of claims counted as a full kill?
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Re: "Wirklich beschossen" claims in German materials

IMHO "wirklich beschossen" means "upon fired really" in sense of "really hit".

"fired upon effectivly" would mean "wirksam beschossen".

wirksam = effectivly
wirklich = really
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Old 18th August 2005, 15:39
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Re: "Wirklich beschossen" claims in German materials

Hi.

According to one of the veterans of the Reichsverteidigung I have talked to, they used this term when filing a claim and relied on a later confirmation when wreckage etc was found.

He said that they started using it when attacking high-flying aircraft, because they usually fired on (and was fired on by) multiple targets, and did not always have time to follow what happened to the aircraft they engaged.

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