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Old 28th May 2012, 20:50
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7/JG2 and III/JG2 flight details records for 23 June 1942

A request for details regarding 7/JG2 and III/JG2 on the 23 June 1942. I am trying to put together details of the air battle on this day, trying to find numbers of aircraft involved and if possible actual personnel and aircraft.

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Old 28th May 2012, 22:25
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Re: 7/JG2 and III/JG2 flight details records for 23 June 1942

I carried out some research on this some years ago-sadly, very few who took part are still around. However, it is thought:

7 & 9/JG 2 were on standby.
7 Staffel scrambled 8 ac with a rotte as lookout
Faber scrambled later and replaced a 7 Staffel ac that turned back.

According to some of the Czech pilots I interviewed, they only saw 4 FW 190s at one time so numbers were low. Faber and Reuschling are no longer alive
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Old 29th May 2012, 23:14
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Re: 7/JG2 and III/JG2 flight details records for 23 June 1942

Many thanks Chris for the info. I am working on putting an animation movie together with a friend of mine and we were trying to get as much accurate details as possible. If you hear any more details about the day's events do post it here. In the mean time do look at a document I am putting together here:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/74312216/LSA...gs%20Story.pdf


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Old 31st May 2012, 03:54
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Re: 7/JG2 and III/JG2 flight details records for 23 June 1942

Hi,

Luftwaffe records show that twelve Spitfires of 7./J.G. 2 scrambled on this day and had contact with the enemy. Pilots involved included Oblt. Mayer, Uffz. Reuschling, Lt. Holzapfel, Uffz. Knies and Ofw. Stratmann.

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Re: 7/JG2 and III/JG2 flight details records for 23 June 1942

It's been a while since anyone has posted on this thread, but I did a day's worth of research on this today. Looked in BAMA: RL5/1081, and AIR 25/182, AIR 27/1681/11, AIR 17/1681/12, as well as AIR 27/1692/11 and 12 and AIR 27/1697/25.

The weather was fine and clear and the visibility outstanding. Faber appeared to be alone as he came over England - 7th Staffel recorded no victories over land, and the RAF only identified one airplane heading towards Exeter. ("One isolated e/a, a FW.190, crossed coast and proceeded towards Exeter. 2 a/c 310 squadron and 2 a/c 312 squadron were ordered off from Bolt Head to intercept the isolated e/a over Exeter area.) He circled at 14,000 feet over Exeter airfield alone after the dogfights were over - maybe he was looking for 7th Staffel, maybe not, who knows? I'd love to hear from Chris - where did you learn that Faber took off to replace a 7th Staffel plane that turned back?

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(Trejtnar) who went after him alone, Faber kept climbing - up to 19,000 feet - and circling back around before they engaged each other. After shooting down the Spitfire pilot, Faber circled him 1.5 times as he drifted down in his chute. Then he headed "northwards descending slowly".

It's very, very hard to believe that he could not have seen the sun in the west on a clear, beautiful summer's day at 2005, with sunset at 2200. The fight was a simple head-on, single pass, and not a turning, confusing dogfight when they engaged. How could he possibly have gotten lost and landed in Wales?

Just saying.

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Re: 7/JG2 and III/JG2 flight details records for 23 June 1942

There was an article in Flypast on this air fight
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