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    G'day Chaps

    I am hoping that someone out there will be able to help me find the night-fighter pilot who shot down a Lancaster B. Mk. III from No. 405 (B) Squadron on the night of 3/4 May, 1944. It was ND881 and coded LQ*Q. The aircraft crashed on the north side of the airfield at Montdidier.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Hi Chris,
    Day fighter apparently....
    Theo Boiten attributes this loss to the Fw 190G-8 of Leutnant Walter Starck, Kapitan of the 1st staffel of I/SKG10.

    Full details in his Nachtjagd Combat Archive 1944 part 2; recommended.
    cheers Peter

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    G'day Peter

    Thank you for your response. I find it strange the mention of day fighter as the op took place well after midnight. The Lanc was wheels up from Gransden Lodge at 23:02 hours. Bill Chorely has it being shot down by a night fighter but does not specify as to who the pilot was. Again, thanks for your time. I will explore a few other avenues. Take care. Cheers...Chris

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    G'day Peter

    I found the answer. The shoot down took place in the early morning. There was a real lack of regular night-fighters in France at the time. Bomber Command was sending more and more aircraft to bomb targets in Europe. In April, 1944, the Luftwaffe High Command made the decision to assign 1/SKG 10 to Wilde Sau (Wild Sow) sorties over the north-western part of France and Belgium during periods where there was a full moon. That's how a day fighter ended up fighting at night. Incidentally, 1/SKG 109 shot down six aircraft on the night of the 3rd/4th of May. Cheers...Chris
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    Hi Chris,

    According to another forum Lt Walter Starck was shot down and killed by Mosquitoes on 18 June 1944.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    G'day John

    Many thanks for that interesting bit of history.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Hi Chris,

    According to the same forum site he shot down another Lancaster on the 8 May 1944.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    Hi Chris,

    Just adding to my last, Theo Boitenís Nachtjagd Combat Archives has it as 106 Sqn Lancaster JB612 shot down at 00.40 and crashed north of Vierzon on a raid on five tactical targets in France. Lt Walter Starck was wounded by return fire from JB612 but managed to land his aircraft at Orleans.

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    Hello,

    A bit more on Walter STARCK:

    1./SKG 10 - Staffel Kapitan - Mar 44 - +18 Jun 44.

    8 May 1944 - I./SKG 10 - Fw 190 G-8 W Nr 190097 - Lt Walter Starck - Wounded - Damaged in combat with Lancaster ND511 of 106 Sqn (F/Sgt E C Fox), 0049 hrs during night fighter sortie and landed at Orleans.

    18 June 1944 - 1./SKG 10 - Fw 190 G-8 W Nr 190137 White 8 - Oblt Walter Starck - St. Kap. - + - Possibly shot down by Mosquitoes of 264 Sqn (either Flt Lt I H Cosby/Flt Lt E R Murphy, 0409 or Flt Lt M M Davison/Flt lt A C Wilmot, 0420 hrs) - Pilot (Starck) buried at Beuvrigny.

    I./SKG 10 Air Combat Victories:

    4 May 1944 - 1./SKG 10 - Lt Walter Starck - Lancaster, Roye/Amy - 0030 hrs.
    8 May 1944 - 1./SKG 10 - Lt Walter Starck - Lancaster, N. Vierzon - 0040 hrs - Possibly, either JB421/EA-K of 49 Sqn (Plt Off A L Anderson) or ND870/ZN-S of 106 Sqn (Plt Off K E Warren RAAF) both of which crashed near Souesmes.

    Photo of Oblt Walter Starck appears on p.64.

    See:
    Luftwaffe Hit-and-Run Raiders Nocturnal Fighter-Bomber Operations over the Western Front, 1943-1945.
    Goss,Chris.
    Classic:Hersham,2009.
    pp.60, 64 (Photo), 68, 84, 85, 89 & 90.

    NB. The later researches of Dr Theo Boiten in his Nachtjagd Combat Archive series (1944), should also be taken into account.

    Col.
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    G'day Col

    This is bloody brilliant mate. Thank you so much.

    Cheers...Chris

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