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    Dear all

    I am attmpting to write an account of 41 Squadron's skirmkish with JG26 between Münster and Hamm, on 23 January 1945, in which Flt. Lt. Maurice 'Momo' Balasse was killed. I have the Squadron ORB, the 125 Wing ORB, the Combat Reports of the participants, and Intelligence Reports, but was hoping someone might have a copy of Don Caldwell's JG26 War Diary, Volume 2 (typically, I only have Vol. 1!) that covers this date, so I can match my data up with 'the other side'.

    If someone has it, could they kindly scan and e-mail me the page/s relevant for 23 January 1945, please?

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    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    Consider it done Steve

    Cheers

    Eddie

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    Thanks Eddie
    I appreciate your quick response
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    Steve
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    Further to the information in Caldwell's JG 26 War Diary, kindly provided me by Eddie, can anyone assist me to identify, respectively correlate, the locations identified by Caldwell and those indicated in 41 Squadron's Combat Reports, please?

    Basically, 41 Squadron shot down three FW190s from JG26 around Münster on 23 January 1945, and the Combat Reports indicate the map references, whereas Caldwell indicates the actual locations where the aircraft came down. What I'd like to do is match up the 41 Squadron pilot with the specific FW190 that was downed, based on the available information.

    One FW190 was shot down by Sqn. Ldr. Douglas Benham at A9543. A second was downed by Fg. Off. Francis Hegarty at A9130. The third was also downed by Benham, but as the pilot survived and Benham saw him bale out, I believe I can allocate this particular victory to him (A9038 vs. Ost Bevern).

    However, Caldwell indicates the two other piltos were killed, as follows:

    Uffz. Walter Planz of I./JG26, who crashed at Albachten, west of Münster; and
    Lt. Hans-Helmuth Cordt of IV./JG26, who came down near Leeden-Tecklenburg

    ...but what is not (yet) clear is which Luftwaffe pilot was downed by which 41 Squadron pilot. What I'd like to know, therefore, is if someone can correlate the Combat Reports' map references (A9543 & A9130) with Caldwell's locations (Albachten & Leeden-Tecklenburg). Is this possible?

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    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    hello Steve,

    I'm no ace at that game, but I'm trying out. It helps to train :

    using http://www.echodelta.net/mbs/eng-translation.php and Nord de guerre zone (r)

    A9543 could be : Latitude : 51° 41' 08'' N Longitude : 7° 39' 54'' E which equivalent in decimal degrees are : Latitude : 51.68548 ° Longitude : 7.6649 °
    http://atlas.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?latlongtype=decimal&latitude=51.6854800237 34&longitude=7.6649048847553

    As you are "right in the thick" of your research, you'll be able to say if this makes sense

    A9130 : Latitude : 51° 34' 07'' N Longitude : 7° 36' 27'' E which equivalent in decimal degrees are : Latitude : 51.56858 ° Longitude : 7.60739 °
    http://atlas.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?latlongtype=decimal&latitude=51.5685842419 04&longitude=7.6073861098856

    A9038 : Latitude : 51° 38' 26'' N Longitude : 7° 35' 34'' E which equivalent in decimal degrees are : Latitude : 51.64048 ° Longitude : 7.59274 °
    http://atlas.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?latlongtype=decimal&latitude=51.6404753224 92&longitude=7.5927401980251

    Hope this helps

    Cheers

    Joss

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    Bonjour Joss

    My apologies; I just realised I haven't responded to your reply and thanked you for it. I appreciate you taking the time to type this up for me and give me the links.

    Unfortunately, it looks as though it will be more difficult to match up the locations and pilots than I thought. I suspect that German reports of where the aircraft came down (which I assume is what Caldwell based his information on) will be more accurate than Allied reports, being unfamiliar with the area as they were, moving at great speed, and unable to stop and verify locations.

    I think I'll e-mail Don Caldwell directly and discuss it with him further.

    Salutations
    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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