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Old 24th July 2014, 21:59
James A Pratt III James A Pratt III is offline
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Ar-196 3 April 44 Tirpitz

I was flipping through a book on the WW II German Battleship Tirpitz and in one of the pictures of the ship taken after the 3 April 1944 FAA carrier strike was of a destroyed AR-196 in one of the ships hangers. I don't think this is in any Luftwaffe aircraft lost list I have seen. Does anyone have any other information on this plane like the werke number? or is this one no one knows anything about? Thanks in advance.
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Old 25th July 2014, 17:59
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Re: Ar-196 3 April 44 Tirpitz

In fact four Ar 196 were lost on board "Tirpitz" during this attack. They were:
Ar 196A-5 W.Nr. 100441 T3+BH
Ar 196A-5 W.Nr. 100449 T3+HH
Ar 196A-5 W.Nr. 100440 T3+FK
Ar 196A-3 W.Nr. 0267 T3+IK
The following crewmembers were injured:
Ltn. Hans-Jürgen Beusse
Ltn. (M) Rolf Wagner
Ltn. (M) Erhard Koell
Uffz. Gustav Höfs (mechanic)
All four aircraft were reported 95% damaged (= total loss).
They all belonged to Bordfliegerstaffel 1./196.
The reason for aircraft carrying both H for 1. Staffel and
K for 2. Staffel, is that the number of aircraft serving with 1./196
was so large that they had to use both H and K marked aircraft.
On 01.04.44 the number og aircraft in 1./196 stood at 17 Ar 196A-3
+ 7 Ar 196A-5= total 24 aircraft.
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