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Old 7th February 2006, 13:34
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I'm doing some historical researches about the planes which crashed in Belle-Ile (south Brittany, France) during ww2.
One of those planes was a ju88 and crashed on October 4th 1942 (after a few weeks of flights over the area), a friend of mine gave me some informations about the plane (I suppose he got them in the German archives):
The plane # was D7+FK
The crew members were the pilot, 2 unterofficiziers (uffz.) and a "Reguirung Rat" named Friedrich HANST.
The problem is with this last guy. A Reguirung Rat seems to be a kind of government advisor and has nothing to do with a crew member.
A supposition is that it was at the moment were German began to build the shore defences all along the west European coast and this guy was in the plane to see where to put the blockhaus, the machine guns etc
Does someone has more informations? What do you think of my supposition?
Thanks for your help

Philippe
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Old 7th February 2006, 19:41
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Re: Ju88 crew member

Hello Philou;

This was likely a Meteorologist Observer (taking Weather notes and measuring temperature, humidity, Barometric pressure etc); but also observing enemy activity if seen ... his plane was this below. Code D7+FK is of ´Wetter Staffel 2 (but Wekústa is also correct).

W.Nr. 0881141 Ju 88 D-1 Wekústa 2 (Luftflotte 3)
OPS (F) struck ground, crashed and burned (100%) at Goulpher <at> Belle-Ile 04.10.1942 (F Fw. Josef Gruner killed, B Reg.Rat. Friedrich Hanst, BF Uffz. Hubert Zander and BS Uffz. Erich Liersch mis/rep killed in LWFLV losses u/16.10.42)

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Old 7th February 2006, 19:42
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Hi Philippe,

I believe D7+FK belonged to Wekusta.2, a weather reconnaissance unit

Reg.Rat Friedrich HANST would have been a meteorologist.

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Old 7th February 2006, 20:38
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Re: Ju88 crew member

Guys

Thanks a lot for the info. Reg.Rat is the name for meteorologist observer?
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Old 7th February 2006, 21:22
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Hello Philippe,

Reg.Rat is the abbreviation for "Regierungsrat". It was a specifical rank in the Wekustas units. I think - but I'm not sure - it was equivalent to the rank of "Major" in the Luftwaffe.

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Old 7th February 2006, 23:09
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Hello All,
Does anyone know if this aircraft was going on or returning from a mission? This unit operated weather flights off the south west coast of Ireland. Any help appreciated.
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