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Old 27th December 2015, 19:14
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A Luftwaffe claim / Orléans (France) / Night 22-23 May 1944

Hi all,
During the night of 22-23 May 1944, RAF heavy bombed the rail station of Orléans (South of Paris, on Loire river).
The British unit suffered the loss of an Halifax belonging to the 77 Squadron . Among the survivors : Mr. Geoffrey Haworth, the pilot. I asked him to come in France. He visited the crash site, the graves of his comrades. During our discussions, we pointed out the identity of the agressor: Mr. Haworth always spoke about the attack of a night German fighter « Sure a Fw 190 , because I saw it. This enemy aircraft was flying so fast, returning to the battle so fast…».
Year after year I gather informations, above all on French an British side … but I can not find any Information on German one. Or so few..
Please :
-what were the claims Luftwaffe of the over France during that night ?
-did a pilot claim an Allied bomber South - East of Orléans (between this city and Blois) ? I think yes.
-or did a Luftwaffe machine failed to return to base due to unknown facts(s) … so this victory remained out of the German archives ?
Who could help me ?
Thank you
Regards
Philippe
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Old 28th December 2015, 12:59
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Re: A Luftwaffe claim / Orléans (France) / Night 22-23 May 1944

I can see no claims for anything near Orleans, no single seat losses and any single-seat claims were not over France. I/SKG 10 was active that night but not as night fighters and in any case, the only loss was over the sea attacking Portsmouth. I am afraid this looks like it will remain a mystery
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