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Old 14th January 2007, 00:59
Dénes Bernád Dénes Bernád is offline
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Details about the He 111 flown by Oblt. Helmut Putz, 4./KG 27, on June 25, 1941?

Here is an excerpt from a book I am currently working on:

"[June 25, 1941] According to the information relayed by Soviet ground troops, the enemy bomber crash landed on Soviet territory, nearby River Pruth; however, the crew managed to escape over the border. The skilled German pilot, Oblt. Helmut Putz[1] from 4./KG 27, performed a flawless emergency landing in the field, saving his crew. They even had time to sent a distress message through a portable radio, which was picked up by the Germans. Subsequently two He 111s arrived to the rescue. They landed nearby the crashed aircraft and picked up the crew, taking them to safety.

[1] Later on, Hptm. Putz became Staffelkapitän of 4./KG 27 and holder of the highly coveted Knight’s Cross. He continued his combat career until 13 June 1943, when his He 111H-16, 1G+BM, was shot down by antiaircraft fire near Kozelsk and the crew was taken prisoner."

I couldn't find this particular incident in my list of Luftwaffe losses.
Does anyone have the details about the aircraft and Putz's comrades?

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Old 14th January 2007, 14:33
Pawel Burchard Pawel Burchard is offline
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Re: Details about the He 111 flown by Oblt. Helmut Putz, 4./KG 27, on June 25, 1941?

Hi Denes, Walter Waiss has the incident recorded in his book on K.G. 27 on 24-Jun-1941 (He 111H-3, 6830, 1G+FM). Crew was picked up by He 111P-2 (1393) 1G+JM, that was in turn shot up by the Russian fighters and belly landed in Focsani.

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