October 6, 1944

Luftwaffe pilots were busy (and probably successful) during the night from October 6th, 1944 to October 7th – a total of 7 victory claims is recorded, four by Nachtjagdgeschwader 3 and three by 10./JG 300 – the latter ones all around Berlin[1]Foreman, John et al.: Luftwaffe Night Fighter Combat Claims; a.a.O., Page 219.. The claiming pilots are Lt. Kurt Welter, Lt. Jörg Czypionka, and Uffz. Schmid.

The RAF Bomber Command is sending a very small force of Mosquitos to Berlin this night – only 21 aircraft are on the mission. One of them, a Mosquito of No. 571 Sqn., is lost[2]Middlebrook, Martin et al.; The Bomber Command War Diaries; a.a.O, Page 595 f..

Unfortunately, the attack is not mentioned in the Daily Reports to the German High Command, hence there is no mapping of the route flown. The records of events of the involved units also do not provide enough information to construct a map from them. The only known information: they flew home on a route that allowed them a view of the city of Bremen which had just been bombed by the Royal Air Force that same night. All crews were reporting heavy fires in the city.

The one Mosquito lost is MM113, both her crew members become prisoners of war.

1944-10-06 - MM113Her loss is not the only damage done that night – other Mosquitos also have documented damage attributed to night fighters. Mosquito KB162 of No. 139 Sqn., flown by F/LT Abraham and F/O Gannon, is attacked by a single-engine night fighter and is damaged.

In addition, KB399 of No. 128 Sqn. is damaged, her entry in the Summaries of Aircraft damaged on Operations reads “128 Y KB399 (AC) 1d” – indicating a single damage caused by a 20mm bullet[3]Summaries of Aircraft Damaged on Operations – Dec 1942 – May 1945″ (AIR 14/3460); Page 287. Three other Mosquitos are said to have been damaged by flak.

Other Mosquitos are lost during the night – none of them in an area that could be related to the combat sorties of 10./JG 300.

References   [ + ]

1. Foreman, John et al.: Luftwaffe Night Fighter Combat Claims; a.a.O., Page 219.
2. Middlebrook, Martin et al.; The Bomber Command War Diaries; a.a.O, Page 595 f.
3. Summaries of Aircraft Damaged on Operations – Dec 1942 – May 1945″ (AIR 14/3460); Page 287
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