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    Default Destroyed FW190 30 July 1943

    On the 30.7.43 during a Circus to Flushing. I have reason to believe that a 66 Squadron Spitfire was lost during a dog fight in which he shot down one FW190 and damaged another. I did find reference to a Werner Kaiser having become a casualty on that day.

    Has anyone any references to Luftwaffe losses on that day and location that may assist me in finding out any more detail.

    Obviously no combat report for the incident as the pilot was shot down to become a pow.

    Thanks for looking any help warmly received. Colin.

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    Hi Colin,

    from the RAF point of view - from Tony Wood list:

    VIII Air Svce. Cmd. # 10A: 3rd Bomb-Wing
    11 Group Ramrod 174/I
    Airfield WOENSDRECHT
    06.57 T: 24/11 B-26 Marauder: 1 lost
    Escort: Ibsley
    RAF 10 Gp. 616 Sqn. 11 Spitfire Vb 05.50-08.00 Ramrod 174 0 - 0 - 1 FW 190 No casualty M-BS: Woensdrecht

    Claim 30.07.43 S/Ldr. L.W. Watts 11 Group 616 Sqn. 0 - 0 - 1 FW 190 07.20 ca: Woensdrecht

    Escort-Cover: Church Stanton
    RAF 10 Gp. 66 Sqn. 10 Spitfire Vb 05.50-08.00 Ramrod 174 0 - 0 - 0 n/a 1 Cat.Em Fighter M-BS: Woensdrecht

    Cat.Em 30.07.43 F/O Z.K. Zuromoski: P/W 11 Group 66 Sqn. Spitfire Vb: BL436 FW 190s: Woensdrech

    Medium-Bomber:
    US VIII ASC 386th BG 24 B-26 Marauders 05.50-09.00 Ramrod 174 3 - 2 - 2 FW 190 1 Cat.Em Fighters Task: Woensdrecht

    Cat.Em 30.07.43 Crew: MIA 386th BG Sqn. B-26C Marauders: 41-34706 FW 190: Goes

    Twenty-four B-26s of VIIIth Air Support Command, escorted by six squadrons of Spitfires, attacked Woensdrecht airfield. Bombing results are believed to be good. Fighter escort was provided by the following: at 06.28 hours, 21 Spitfires Vb of 453 and 616 Squadrons from Ibsley as Close-Escort, 20 Spitfires Vb of 66 and 504 Squadrons from Church Stanton as Escort-Cover, and 24 Spitfires IX of 129 and 222 Squadrons from Hornchurch as High-Cover, made rendezvous over Orfordness with 24 B-26s of the VIIIth Air Support Command.
    Report of Ibsley and Church Stanton Wings. (A) and (B) Ibsley Wing, led by W/Cdr. Thomas, with 453 Squadron with 10, and 616 Squadron with 11 Spitfires. Church Stanton Wing, led by S/Ldr. Smallwood, 66 Squadron with 10, and 504 Squadron with 10 Spitfires. (C) 05.50 up: 08.00 down. (D) Close-Escort and Escort-Cover respectively. (E) Combat 07.12 hours. (F) 0-0-1 FW 190 by S/Ldr. Watts of 616 Squadron. (G) F/O Zuromoski (Polish) of 66 Squadron NYR. General: Operation proceeded as planned until crossing the Dutch coast near Domburg. On reaching Zuid Beveland, where the bombers turned north, then south, then north to the target area, when the B-26s were attacked on the turn by 15-20 FW 190s, in pairs, from out of the sun. Several pilots of 616 Squadron engaged, and as a results, S/Ldr. Watts claims 0-0-1 FW 190, while the other pilots make no claims. One B-26 Marauders seen going down in flames in the Goes area; one FW 190 seen to blow up as a result of defensive fire from the bombers. The Escort-Cover, on leaving the target, 66 Squadron (with five Spitfires, five having returned early), flying slightly behind and 1,000 feet above the bombers, were attacked by two FW 190s from astern. Eggbox Red Three was warned to break, but did not hear, and flew straight on. As a result, he was hit and pieces were seen to fall off his aircraft Later called to say his engine was hit. Eggbox Blue One got in a short squirt from 30-degrees astern, at 600 yards range at the second FW 190, but makes no claim. Wing followed some way by a single FW 190. US VIII FC Narratives of Operations.

    from German side - again Tony Wood - only two Spitfires claimed:

    30.07.43 Fw. Josef Kehrle: 1 8./JG 1 Spitfire  JL: 5.000 m. [Tiel-Leerdam] 10.24 Film C. 2027/I VNE: ASM

    30.07.43 Uffz. Fritz Münsch: 3 3./JG 26 Spitfire  KH-7: 500 m. [5 km. W. Goes] 07.15 Film C. 2027/I Anerk: Nr.161

    http://www.lesbutler.ip3.co.uk/tony/tonywood.htm

    Hope this helps a little

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Pavel.

    Wow what fantastic information, thank you.

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