Like three days before, December 9th, 1944, sees the Light Night Striking Force back over Berlin. This time, a total of 55 aircraft attacks the “big city” at around 22:00 hrs.Middlebrook, Martin et al.; The Bomber Command War Diaries; a.a.O, Page 629 Again, there is little resistance but one crew explicitly mentions the sighting of a night fighter jet east of the target.No 571 Sqn. Records of Events, December 1944 (AIR 27/2044)
Despite the lack of resistance and no obvious attack by the Luftwaffe, the Royal Air Force is losing two of her aircraft that night: the first one is a Mosquito of No. 139 Sqn. which is lost over England.
The second aircraft lost belongs to No. 692 Sqn. and is initially listed as “missing”. However, the Mosquito ran out of fuel south-east of Paris where is is abandoned by her crew. The crash site is near the city of Romilly-sur-Seine.
None of the two aircraft lost can be linked to nocturnal missions Kurt Welter may have flown out of Rechlin-Lärz in this night.
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|1.||↑||Middlebrook, Martin et al.; The Bomber Command War Diaries; a.a.O, Page 629|
|2.||↑||No 571 Sqn. Records of Events, December 1944 (AIR 27/2044)|