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Old 22nd December 2011, 13:35
Laurent Rizzotti Laurent Rizzotti is offline
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German fighter pilot killed north of Fürstenau, 22 December 1943

I have in my database the following loss:

Uffz. Ernst Holbach of 1./JG 11 was killed on 22 December 1943 when his Fw 190 A-5/Y WNr 1168 "white 11" crashed at Ohrtermersch, north of Fürstenau, for an unknown reason during an interception sortie. The aircraft was 100% destroyed.

Source:
"Die Jagdfliegerverbände der deutschen Luftwaffe 1934 bis 1945. Teil 10/III: Reichsverteidigung 1943", by Jochen Prien & co. ISBN 978-3-923457-89-2
http://www.rafandluftwaffe.info/luftwaffe1.html
http://www.maplandia.com/germany/nie.../ohrtermersch/

Prien lists the crash place as "Othermersch bei Fürstenau", but I can't find such a place, while Ohrtermersch is in the same area. I assume it was a typo and corrected the location so.

An article by a local historian in Wettrup, the village west of Ohrtermersch, describes the crash the same day of a German fighter, pilot killed, but says the aircraft was a Bf 109 built in 1943. No name, unit or WNr is shown.
http://www.wettrup.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=58&It emid=70

Does anyone know if a Bf 109 pilot was killed in this area this day ? If not I guess the local story might have confused teh aircraft type.

Thanks in advance

Laurent
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