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Old 14th April 2017, 22:25
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He219 loss 19 April 1944?

Were any He219s shot down in aerial combat or lost on operations on this date?

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Old 15th April 2017, 10:26
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Re: He219 loss 19 April 1944?

Hi Keith,

the only nightfighter loss on this date that i have is :
Bf110 G-4 Wn 740148 IV/NJG1 near Tirlemont after combat

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Old 15th April 2017, 17:41
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Re: He219 loss 19 April 1944?

Keith, in Roland Kemp's book on the He219 he lists no losses in April.
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Old 15th April 2017, 19:10
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Re: He219 loss 19 April 1944?

Many thanks. My thinking was that SL HW McLeod of 443 Sqn claimed a Do217 on this date but some have suggested this was a Bf110 of NJG1 as you suggest. However it seems odd that McLeod and WC JE Johnson both misidentified his claim as a Do217. Both were experienced pilots and McLeod identified a second claim for a Do217 (an HS293 carrying Do217M of KG100?) two months later. While the tail configuration of the BF110 and Do217 is similar the Bf110 is much smaller in length and wingspan than the Dornier.

The pilots got a good view of the aircraft before it crashed so again its surprising they could not see it was a Bf110, a type they would have been familiar with but perhaps not encountered.

My thinking is that perhaps it was the much larger He219 (a type much used by NJG1) which does resemble the Dornier in size and configuration from distance.
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Old 16th April 2017, 08:55
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Re: He219 loss 19 April 1944?

Hello

Actually there was a written off He219 on 19th April 1944 but this He219 was used for training use in Venlo for 'new' pilots of the I./NJG 1. During the landing this He219 was damaged beyond repair (70%) and there is no link with the Allied claim mentioned.

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Old 16th April 2017, 14:29
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Re: He219 loss 19 April 1944?

Thanks Marcel. The "DO217" crashed into a garden behind a row of cottages and according to Johnson all the crew baled out too low and were thought killed. Whatever it actually was I cannot see it being a Bf110G because to see the deaths of the unfortunate crew Johnson and his flight must have been close enough to identify the aircraft. I have also noted a detail I missed . The loss of NJG1 Bf110G also does not fit the time, coming as it does at 1355, whereas McLeod claims his victory at 1850.

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Old 18th April 2017, 13:52
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Re: He219 loss 19 April 1944?

Hallo,
another very possibility can be a Ju188E-1 lost to enemy fighter in the afternoon of the 19. april 1944 by AusbildungGruppe KG2. The not so usual Ju188 can expain the claim for a Do217.
Ju188E-1 U5+BV 11./KG2, FF fw Werreberger and BF gefr Michalski KIA, gefr Patalog and Vogel WIA
Info from Balke "Luftkrieg in Europa"

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Old 19th April 2017, 08:16
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Re: He219 loss 19 April 1944?

Cheers Alessandro. The Ju188E is a much better fit. The crew compartment and twin radial engines would allow for misidentification. Admittedly the tail configuration is an issue but from a distance the tail shape might have been obscured. Do you have a time and location for the loss?

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Re: He219 loss 19 April 1944?

Hello,

I Think, the name is Werremeyer, Hermann 01.12.1920

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