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Old 9th August 2007, 06:19
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September 23,1940 picture?

In the latest issue of "Flypast" there's an article about a Spitfire pilot who shot down a Bf-109E during this date. The description in the article (I didn't buy the magazine, no room anywhere) seems to identify it as this picture from the BAttle of Britain.
The article described the shot down German airman as Uffz. Dilthey,4./JG-2.
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"Uffz. Friedrich Dilthey, 4./JG-2, KG, Luftkampf Spitfire Abtsurz von Folkestone"
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Re: September 23,1940 picture?

Dennis Knight in his book 'Harvest of Messerschmitts' has the same photo on page 139, stating that two pilots of 72 Sqdn. followed the Messerschmitt 109 down, and that Dilthey was rescued from the sea by two Army officers who swam out to rescue him and help him into a fishing boat. Date is correct also.
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Thanks John!
I have always admired this picture and wondered about the story behind it.
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Re: September 23,1940 picture?

Hello,

Victory Claims vol 1 has 72 Sqn F/L. L. H. Cosby and Sgt. N. V. Glew As Spitfire pilots who shared a Bf109 as destroyed off Folkestone 10.00.

From "The Blitz then and now" vol2
4/JG2
Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 (1969). Sortied to cover withdrawal of bombers returning from an attack on England and intercepted by No 72 Squadron Spitfires.
Severely damaged in attacks by F/L. I. H. Cosby and Sgt. N. V. Glew and ditched in the Channel between Folkestone Railway Pier and Copt Point 10.00 am. Uffz F. Dilthey wounded in the shoulder also suffered a broken leg but supported in the water by a soldier who swam out to him and helped him into a fishing boat. Aircraft 2+- lost.

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