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Old 13th July 2013, 08:59
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Need the identity of a unnamed LW Oberst;

Guys:

I am reading Arthy & Jessen's new book about FW 190s during the battle for Sicily. I came across a recollection by Fritz Schroeter about an allied bombing raid on the airfield at Vibo Valentia on July 16, 1943; a large collection of LW fighters & fighter bombers was devastated by the raid. Schroeter recalled he met a Luftwaffe Oberst who was a 'fighter pilot of great fame', who ended up totally demoralized by this raid. I was curious if Andrew, Morten or anybody else knows the identity of this Oberst.
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Old 14th July 2013, 16:30
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Re: Need the identity of a unnamed LW Oberst;

Hi Nick,

Hope you're enjoying the book!

I'm pretty sure that the famous fighter pilot referred to by Schröter on 16 July 1943 is von Maltzahn. Schröter told a couple of other stories about von Maltzahn (we included one of them in our downloadable electronic article about Fritz Schröter).

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Old 14th July 2013, 22:09
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Re: Need the identity of a unnamed LW Oberst;

Thanks; I didn't even know Von Maltzahn achieved a Colonel's rank.
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