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Old 10th June 2019, 22:03
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Claim for Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed over Royston, 16 June 1941

On this date, P/O R P Stevens of 151 Sqn claimed to have shot down a He 111 over Royston at 01.25.

His combat report is very specific and very detailed.

However, there are no losses which match in any way that I can see.

Stevens' aircraft was hit by wreckage and he saw burning debris on the ground.

There was a mid air explosion and his aircraft was thrown upside down and damaged, its oil tank ruptured.

So, something puzzling here.

Is the date incorrect?

If not, what did he hit?
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Old 10th June 2019, 23:01
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Post Re: Claim for Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed over Royston, 16 June 1941

this book source means: "He111 of I./KG26"

http://www.ww2.dk/air/kampf/kg26.htm

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Old 11th June 2019, 08:44
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Re: Claim for Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed over Royston, 16 June 1941

Thank you.

Having looked again at the indistinct combat report I can see this was indeed 14 June, not 16 June.

Given the timing (02.00) and the description of the episode I can only conclude that his location (Royston) was way off.

It seem likely in my view that this was the 3./KG28 aircraft which blew up over Lower Halstow, Kent.
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Old 11th June 2019, 10:23
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Re: Claim for Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed over Royston, 16 June 1941

Process of elimination is best in this instance. Only ac that night in this area were Guestling (2/KGr 100-Hobbis), off Hove (3/KGr 100 Schnürpel-Topham) and the Lower Halstow one which exploded with some force. Problem is Raphael of 85 Sqn claimed a prob at Lower Halstow at 0115 hrs and a destroyed at Sheerness at 0200 hrs. Stevens was credited with his at Sheerness at 0200 hrs so maybe a double claim by 85 and 151 Sqn?
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