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Old 29th December 2009, 17:56
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Russian pilot captured Bf109


"21 January 1942: Lt Semion Arkadyevich Kuznetzov, a flight commander in an IL-2 Shturmovik fighter squadron, was shot down by a Bf109 over Vulko Ostrolenkovo (Poland) and crash-landed in a field. The Messerschmitt landed nearby and Kuznetzov, who was hiding, saw the pilot jump out, Luger in hand, who then closely inspected the crash-landed IL-2. Kuznetzov seized the chance and spinted over to the Messerschmitt and although in a strange aircraft, took-off and flew back to his airfield on the Kalinin front. As he approached the airfield, two IL-2s from his squadron took off to intercept but he managed to evade and landed safely."

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Did this really happen? If so, who was the German pilot and his fate?

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Old 29th December 2009, 18:25
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Re: Russian pilot captured Bf109

Brian, The only one I found in JFV 9/I for the 21Jan42 in the Kalinin Front area was 3./JG52 Lt. Ernst Gelich v. Luftkampf Chwljepen 100% Bf109F-2 (9547) ge. 3+. Poland seems a far stretch from the Kalinin Front in Jan42. I don't really see Il-2's taking off for a figther interception. Also a captured Bf109 would be a photo shoot that would be taken advantage of at that time.
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Old 29th December 2009, 21:40
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Re: Russian pilot captured Bf109

Brian,

You can throw this rubbish away. That has never happened in reality.
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Old 29th December 2009, 21:46
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Re: Russian pilot captured Bf109

Thanks Nokose and Nikita

I had my doubts. The story appeared in an old flying magazine.

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