Monthly Archives: January 1945

January 29, 1945

The last raid on Berlin in January 1945 – the night to January 30th, 1945, 59 Mosquitos are setting out to bomb “the big city”, 50 of them make it to the target. All are returning, no aircraft is lost.[1]Middlebrook, … Continue reading

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January 28, 1945

Commonly, the time frame of “mid January 1945 and January 28th, 1945″ is given as the date for the relocation of 10./NJG 11 from Rechlin-Lärz to Burg near Magdeburg.[1]Zapf, Jürgen; Flugplätze der Luftwaffe 1934 – 1945 und was von ihnen … Continue reading

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January 27, 1945

On January 27th, 1945, Berlin sees another – weak – attach by the Light Night Striking Force: 12 Mosquitos are attacking Berlin, 8 of them dump their load on the city, 3 attack alternative targets. All of them returning safely to … Continue reading

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January 25, 1945

On January 25th, 1945, Kommando Welter formally becomes 10./NJG 11 and is attached to II./NJG 11. The original name – Kommando Welter – is never really discarded and remains in use until the end of the war. The Aufstellungsbefehl [1]engl.: … Continue reading

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January 21, 1945

First of all, Karl-Heinz Becker is logging two more flights on “Rote 1”, the Me 262 with the Werknummer 170 051. These flights in the late afternoon last four minutes each and cannot have been more than a quick circling of … Continue reading

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January 20, 1945

Karl-Heinz Becker’s flight logs shows a single flight on a Messerschmitt Me 262 out of Rechlin-Lärz. By now, the aircraft associated with Kommando Welter have obviously received their tactical designators – “R 1” is “Rote 1″[1]Rote 1: Red 1 – … Continue reading

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January 15, 1945

An interesting teletype message has survived in the archives, sent to the Kommando Erprobungsstellen in Rechlin. It directly refers to Kommando Welter and is one of the rare primary sources available: Next to the distribution list (items 2. – 6. in the numbered … Continue reading

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January 14, 1945

On January 14th, 1945, the Royal Air Force flies the next Mosquito attack on Berlin – this time, the attack turns into disaster: of the 83 Mosquitos attacking, 8 will not return home. Three of the Mosquitos are lost over … Continue reading

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January 13, 1945

The Bomber Command mounted a major nocturnal attack on the Oil Refineries at Pölitz near Stettin (today: Police in Poland). The British Air Activity Summary No. 1961 shows the reaction of the Luftwaffe’s Nachtjagd units to this raid: The British … Continue reading

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January 10, 1945

The next listed claim for Kurt Welter is dated January 10th, 1945 – again, a Mosquito is mentioned. However, no attack of the Royal Air Force on Berlin or into the Berlin region is recorded. And neither is a loss … Continue reading

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