Luftwaffe and Allied Air Forces Discussion Forum  

Go Back   Luftwaffe and Allied Air Forces Discussion Forum > Discussion > Luftwaffe and Axis Air Forces

Luftwaffe and Axis Air Forces Please use this forum to discuss the German Luftwaffe and the Air Forces of its Allies.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 14th March 2008, 01:50
Sylvester Stadler's Avatar
Sylvester Stadler Sylvester Stadler is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 77
Sylvester Stadler is on a distinguished road
Montecorvino Airfield, Italy

The book The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1945 by Rick Atkinson claims that on 9 September 1943, when Allied divisions landed at Salerno, British forces advanced to the Montecorvino airfield, three miles from the beach, and surprised Luftwaffe units there and machine-gunned German pilots running to their aircraft and then going on to destroy around 36 German aircraft parked there. There is no indication of the type of aircraft claimed or the unit(s) stationed there. Is there any confirmation of such claims in Luftwaffe records?
__________________
Sylvester Stadler

Meine Ehre heisst Treue!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 14th March 2008, 03:13
Andrew Arthy Andrew Arthy is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Western Australia
Posts: 578
Andrew Arthy is on a distinguished road
Re: Montecorvino Airfield, Italy

Hi,

II. and III./S.K.G. 10, equipped with the FW 190, were based at Montecorvino in the days before 9 September 1943. They had been busy developing the airfield, but it was reported unserviceable for operations on 8 and 9 September 1943.

II. and III./S.K.G. 10 had transferred elsewhere well before any Allied troops reached Montecorvino. On the morning of 9 September elements of III./S.K.G. 10 were still based at Montecorvino, but before the day was out they had left for other bases. By the end of the day II./S.K.G. 10 was based at Montalbano, and III./S.K.G. 10 was based at Avelino.

I've seen no evidence of any incident like that described by Atkinson.

II. and III./S.K.G. 10 did destroy a lot of their own aircraft at Montecorvino, although you'll see photos taken by Allied servicemen that show that the destruction of these FW 190s was not done very thoroughly (see for example 'DN + FV').

There will be lots more information about II. and III./S.K.G. 10 in the book by Morten Jessen and I about the FW 190 over Sicily, Italy, Sardinia and Corsica.

Cheers,
Andrew A.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 15th March 2008, 01:54
Sylvester Stadler's Avatar
Sylvester Stadler Sylvester Stadler is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 77
Sylvester Stadler is on a distinguished road
Re: Montecorvino Airfield, Italy

I think Atkinson's fairy tale is based on the official history The Mediterranean and Middle East Vol. 5 by C.I.C. Molony, 1973. I have seen color photos of the Fw 190 in question and that it belonged to SKG 210. Evidently the British soldiers didn't do a thorough job of destroying this aircraft either.

BTW, Atkinson received a Pulitzer Prize for an earlier work, The Long Gray Line, and I hope he doesn't receive one for this book where he rarely looks at the German version of events in Sicily and Italy. He never even mentioned General Hans von Hube, commander of all German forces whose brilliant strategy resulted not only in the evacuation of all German soldiers from the island but also their equipment including tanks, trucks, AA, etc. His 60,000 men held off around one-half million Allied soldiers for over a month and then escaped.
__________________
Sylvester Stadler

Meine Ehre heisst Treue!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2641st Special Group plane found in italy mickyz Allied and Soviet Air Forces 13 16th February 2015 19:00
VLR Claims keith A Japanese and Allied Air Forces in the Far East 8 13th November 2007 18:27
Touillon-Montbard airfield - Luftwaffe Units Jerome Ribeiro Luftwaffe and Axis Air Forces 0 24th June 2007 15:57
Luftwaffe airfield at Molaoi,Greece tasos greece Luftwaffe and Axis Air Forces 0 27th August 2006 17:47
8th AAF Transport Groups Alex Smart Allied and Soviet Air Forces 2 23rd April 2005 02:11


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 22:33.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©2004 - 2018, 12oclockhigh.net