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Old 6th November 2018, 17:15
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GC2/7 and B-26 bombers 24 December 1944

"Les Pilotes de chasse Francais 39/45" states that on 24 December 1944 the pilots of GCII/7 destroyed two Bf109G-14 of IV/JG53 and two FW190, in a combat in the area of Rottweil and Freiburg-im-Breisach. Can anyone add details to this (other than the French claimants which I already have)?

The unit was escorting B-26 of a French bombing unit but I don't know which one (GB I/22 "Maroc", GB II/20 "Bretagne", GB I-19 "Gascogne", GB II-52 "Franche-Comte", GB II/63 "Senegal", GB I-32 "Gourgogne")?

Did the LW engage B-26 in this area and if so which units?

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Old 6th November 2018, 18:04
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Re: GC2/7 and B-26 bombers 24 December 1944

According to "Pilotes Francais sur L'Alsace et Allemagne" by Daniel Decot, there were 15 B-26, six from GBII-52 Franche-Comte
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Old 6th November 2018, 18:35
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Re: GC2/7 and B-26 bombers 24 December 1944

Cheers .... the other nine were USAAF?

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Old 6th November 2018, 19:02
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Re: GC2/7 and B-26 bombers 24 December 1944

No, all the B-26s were French. The passage is "...pour assurer la protection d' une quinzaine de MARAUDERS francais. There is a footnote "Dont six du FRANCHE-COMTE"
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Old 6th November 2018, 20:03
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Re: GC2/7 and B-26 bombers 24 December 1944

The others were from the other French units - but maybe three each....?

If so this seems like other French units were required to supply the remaining nine aircraft?

Was the FAF struggling to supply bombers for the offensive?
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Old 6th November 2018, 23:08
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Re: GC2/7 and B-26 bombers 24 December 1944

Historique et journal de marche
de la 34e escadre aérienne de bombardement moyen
(groupes 2/52, 2/63, 1/32)

https://www.traditions-air.fr/texte/...#_Toc450030917

24 décembre 1944
LYON : Missions n° 25 : commandant d'expédition, commandant CHEMIDLIN, un flight du 1/32 leader, plus 1 flight du 2/63, plus 1 flight du 2/52. Bombardement de la gare de triage d'IMMENDINGEN. Mauvais bombardement, résultats à l'appui. La chasse ennemie (36 avions) apparaît avant le point initial et nous quitte sur le Rhin. DCA, flak sur le Rhin, un avion du 2/53 est touché et tombe aux environs de BESANÇON. Trois morts sont à déplorer, celles du sergent MASSON, radio, du sergent ELBEZE, mitrailleur, du sergent BENITZA, mitrailleur. Le lieutenant GRANVAL, pilote, le sous-lieutenant PODESTAT, co-pilote, le sergent-chef PIGNAL, bombardier, sont légèrement blessés.
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Old 7th November 2018, 09:47
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Re: GC2/7 and B-26 bombers 24 December 1944

Superb, many thanks.
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Old 9th November 2018, 15:51
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Historique et journal de marche de la 34e escadre aérienne de bombardement moyen.
I can only say thanks a lot for this.
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