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Old 10th August 2018, 10:52
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David Fairbanks FW190 kill

Aces High says Fairbanks claimed to have shot down a FW190 on 28/2/45 before he himself was shot down. His claim has apparently not been confirmed.
Does anyone have any further information regarding this "kill"?
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Old 10th August 2018, 16:52
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Re: David Fairbanks FW190 kill

Hi Peter

According to Caldwell,it awas against III/JG26:3 Fw.190 D-9 lost (two pilots uninjured, Uffz.Franz Schmidt KIA;D-9 500601 wh 17 nea Lengerich 0810)

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Old 11th August 2018, 10:38
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Re: David Fairbanks FW190 kill

Thanks Michel.
Does Caldwell say how many FW's were claimed? The story from AH is that 6 Tempests engaged 40 FW's. If 3 FW's were lost, can we say one is attributed to Fairbanks, or were more than 3 claimed, or were the 3 awarded to the other pilots?
Sorry for all the questions!
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Old 11th August 2018, 12:50
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Re: David Fairbanks FW190 kill

The only info available:
5 Fw.190 damaged claimed including 3 by F/S A.E.Gunn

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Old 11th August 2018, 14:05
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Re: David Fairbanks FW190 kill

Thank you Michel
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Old 11th August 2018, 16:02
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Re: David Fairbanks FW190 kill

Hello Peter,

the following losses of III./JG 26 on 28 February 1945 are listed in the Gen.Qu. reports:

Reports from 18 March 1945
Fw 190 D-9 600349 100% no operational flight, airfield Plantlünne, mid-air collision with Fw 190 D-9 500568, Hptm Bernhard Wollnitz KIA
Fw 190 D-9 500568 100% no operational flight, airfield Plantlünne, mid-air collision with Fw 190 D-9 600349, Uffz Willi Dachmann KIA

Report from 19 March 1945
Fw 190 D-9 600636 15% operational flight, airfield Plantlünne, belly landing due to enemy fire, pilot unhurt

Reports from 26 March 1945
Fw 190 D-9 400256 30% operational flight, near Gütersloh, belly landing due to fuel shortage, Oblt Theobald Kraus wounded (JaPo book Fw 190 D: damaged by 274 Sqn Tempests)
Fw 190 D-9 500601 60% operational flight, near Lengerich, belly landing due to enemy fire, Uffz Franz Schmidt KIA (JaPo book Fw 190 D: shot down by 274 Sqn Tempests)

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Old 11th August 2018, 16:35
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Re: David Fairbanks FW190 kill

Thank you Leo. So 2 shot down, 1 damaged, 2 lost to non-op accident.
So it seems to me he may well have shot down Franz Schmidt, and was in turn shot down by Theobold Kraus or Karl-Georg Genth.
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