December 11, 1944

December 11th, 1944, is possibly one of these nights Kurt Welter was up in the air on an experimental night fighting mission from Rechlin-Lärz. There is no evidence of this fact though – only a listing of a Mosquito-claim for him by John Foreman. [1]Foreman, John et al.: Luftwaffe Night Fighter Combat Claims; a.a.O., Page 225

Like with the flight itself, I do not have evidence of the claim at this point – primarily because I do not access to any primary sources confirming the claim. In addition, the Bomber Command War Diaries do not list any attack on Berlin for this night – Mosquitos had been sent to Hannover (38), Hamburg (28), Schwerte (9), Bielefeld (8), and Duisburg (6). Only one of them – from the attack on Hamburg – was lost[2]Middlebrook, Martin et al.; The Bomber Command War Diaries; a.a.O, Page 630,[3]Bomber Command Reports on Night Operations, 11th/12th December 1944 (AIR 14/3412) .

References   [ + ]

1. Foreman, John et al.: Luftwaffe Night Fighter Combat Claims; a.a.O., Page 225
2. Middlebrook, Martin et al.; The Bomber Command War Diaries; a.a.O, Page 630
3. Bomber Command Reports on Night Operations, 11th/12th December 1944 (AIR 14/3412)
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2 Responses to December 11, 1944

  1. Tsing Lee says:

    That night ,RAF loss MM190 mosquito,at Bokel,rather far from Berlin.
    My question is : Did Welter take this mission from Rechlin-Lärz?According to German Night Fighter Aces of World War 2,10./NJG 11 based at Magdeburg。

    • Andreas Zapf says:

      Welter took the mission from Rechlin-Lärz. “German Night Fighter Aces of WW II” is correct that 10./NJG 11 was based at Burg/Magdeburg – however, in December 1944 (and until January 1945) the unit operated as “Kommando Welter” from Rechlin-Lärz with Welter being the sole pilot flying operational missions.

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