December 9, 1944

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.[1]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.[2]No 571 Sqn. Records of Events, December 1944 (AIR 27/2044)

1944-12-09_571SqnDespite 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.

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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.

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None of the two aircraft lost can be linked to nocturnal missions Kurt Welter may have flown out of Rechlin-Lärz in this night.

References   [ + ]

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)
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