April 13, 1945

On April 13th, 1945, at least one of the Messerschmitt Me 262 B-1a/U1 of 10./NJG 11 must have been in Lübeck-Blankensee: it is said that “Rote 11” was lost when a hangar roof came crashing down on her during a strafing attack on the airfield.

There are two possibilities: during the day, fighters of the 479th Fighter Group attacked the airfield in a strafing attack after successfully finishing their bomber escort mission. Major Robin Olds claims the destruction of two Arado Ar 234 by his wingman and himself.

More likely is a loss during a nocturnal bombing mission flown by No. 515 Sqn. which takes place in the night of April 13th, 1945, to April 14th. 12 Mosquitos of the squadron are attacking the airfield from 22:40 hrs. to 00:30 hrs. All crews are reporting fires on the airfield, one crew claims “fires mainly in the southern buildings of the airfield”.

The attack matches an account of one of the 10./NJG 11 pilots who states that the night they had transferred from Burg/Magdeburg to Lübeck, the airfield was attacked which made them take the aircraft out onto the Autobahn to Reinfeld.

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