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Old 9th June 2013, 16:29
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Post Any one have information on Gunther Bloemertz JG26 who wrote book "Heaven Next stop"?

Any one have information on Gunther Bloemertz JG26 who wrote book "Heaven Next stop". The book 'Heaven Next Stop' was written as a historical novel although it appears to the casual reader as a first-person autobiography. Although an entertaining book to read, it 'is thus of no value as a factual history. Caldwell says that Bloemertz' book is meant as a personal tribute to the fallen pilots of the Geschwader.
I believe information can be found maybe in Caldwell's 2-volume set of 'JG26 War Diaries'. But not certain?
Does any one know the true facts about Gunthers flying career?
Did he actually get shot down and seriously injured in 1943 and returned only as a training pilot?
Any information would be helpful?
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Re: Any one have information on Gunther Bloemertz JG26 who wrote book "Heaven Next stop"?

He was shot down by P-47s on 24-6-1943 and baled our severely burned, believed returned to JG26 but not in the combat role, born 31-3-1923 died 7-8-1994.
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Re: Any one have information on Gunther Bloemertz JG26 who wrote book "Heaven Next stop"?

To add just a couple details to what Brian has already stated:

Fw 190A-4 WNr.5640 of 4./JG 26, coded "weiße 8 + -"
Ltn. Günther Blömertz WIA 24.June 1943 in Luftkampf with P-47s from 78th FG. Crashed Ichtegem nordöstlich Torhout (Dixmuiden-Thelrot per loss report).

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He was shot down by P-47s on 24-6-1943 and baled our severely burned, believed returned to JG26 but not in the combat role, born 31-3-1923 died 7-8-1994.
Thanks for that information - Members. In his book 'Heaven Next Stop' I am also intrigued by though is one of the photographs. The narrative tells of the shooting down of a British holder of the VC. Although not directly linked to the text, the book gives the impression that it is the VC holder mentioned.

Any clues to who he (British Pilot VC holder on the left) really is or indeed, who is the German officer (bending down) next to him?.

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