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    Default 1 April 1942 Me 109 shot down near La Valetta/Malta

    Hello all,

    On 1 April 42 the Me 109 of Unteroffizier Pilz of 5./JG 3 was shot down either by AA and/or allied fighters near La Valetta/Malta. Pilz was taken POW. Who can please provide more details on this incident? Thank you.

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    From Cull and Galea's Spitfires Over Malta (Grub Street 2005) (p38): Hans Pilz was apparently shot down by AA and "crashed-landed in a wheat field near Paola, the aircraft flipping over and trapping the pilot."
    Interests include Spitfires in Malta 1942 and 460 Sqdn 1943-44 (including Black Thursday)

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    Default 1 April 1942 Me 109 shot down near Valetta/Malta

    Hello,
    Anthony Rogers book "Battle Over Malta" has Bf109 8668 Black 11 (?)
    off the Luqa Road limits of Paola at aprox 1820 hrs.
    Pilz (or Pelz) crash landed in a wheat field close to Rahal Gdid(Paola) coming to rest inverted. the pilot declined a tot of whisky.
    A Ju87 T6+FN (8/StGp) was hit by AA and crashed near the shore at Il-Qali in the Delimara area, limits of Marsaxlokk.
    A small paperback but full of info.
    Awaited is still a promised second volume. Any news ?

    Alex

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    Hello Alex and Adrian,

    Thanks for the info.

    German sources state that Unteroffizier Hans Pilz of 5./JG 3 radioed at 1815 hours that he was flying over La Valetta at 50-100 metres and was following an allied aircraft, after which he lost track. He was reported missing and shortly after reported as POW. He was flying Me 109F-4 trop, 8668 and markings "schwarze 11".

    Are there any documents that provide details on his capture and shoot down by AA..? I would be most interested. Thanks.

    Best regards,
    Rob

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