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Old 18th November 2010, 14:10
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ZG or JG53 victory, 31 May 1940.

Hallo all,

I came across a brief reference to the loss of DH 89A Rapide W6457 of 24 Squadron RAF in TNA, Kew earlier this year. It was apparently attacked by 3 Bf110s, probably forced to land and then strafed at 1600 hours on 31 May 1940. I believe the location was near Auneuil, just SW of Beauvais.

On Tony Wood's website I can find no matching claim by a ZG pilot for that date. However on 31 May 1940 Fw. Anton Oschenkuhn of 9./JG53 claimed a 'Doppl. decke' at 1650 hours as his first victory claim. No location given. This claim is not mentioned in the text of Vol.1 of Jochen Prien's JG53 history. As German time was one hour ahead of British/French time in May 1940 both times quoted above are a good match.

I presume 'Doppl. decke' is a biplane. Is that an exact translation ? Can anyone please expand on this victory claim ?


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