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Old 26th December 2004, 15:56
Christer Bergström Christer Bergström is offline
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Polish pilopts 1 September 1939

Late in the afternoon of 1 September 1939, a formation of around 90 He 111s from KG 27 escorted by 36 Bf 109s of I./JG 21 flew against Warsaw. Near Modlin they were intercepted by (according to the German report) 20 - 30 PZL P.24s. In the ensuing combat, no German bombers were lost, while the P.24s and the Bf 109s clashed. I./JG 21 claimed to have shot down 5 P.24s, but in return 13 of I./JG 21's aircraft failed to return to base after that combat. Some of these Bf 109s made belly-landings after their pilots had lost the navigation, but several also were shot down by the Polish pilots. I wonder if anyone knows which the successful Polish fighter unit was? How did the Polish unit report that combat?

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