March 6, 1945

March 6th, 1945, sees a number of allied reconnaissance missions over Germany – the evening report of the Luftwaffe lists 13 reconnaissance patrols:

“Skagerrak (1), Danish West Coast – Sylt Island (3), Stettin area (1), Hamburg – Lübeck area (2), Salzwedel – Ludwigslust area (2), Magdeburg (1), Flensburg – Esbjert (1), Saarburg – Landau (1), Kaiserslautern, Würzburg (1)”[1]Mehner, Kurt (Hrsg.): Die geheimen Tagesberichte der Deutschen Wehrmachtführung; Page 251

The Luftwaffe is reaching out to these reconnaissance flights – their own missions are specified as follows:

“1. Jagddivision (Kdo. Welter) 4 Me 262, JG 7 2 Me 262. No successes, no losses.”[2]Mehner, Kurt (Hrsg.): Die geheimen Tagesberichte der Deutschen Wehrmachtführung; Page 251

One of the pilots up in the air that day was Karl-Heinz Becker – his flight logs shows two combat missions flown in “Rote 5”, one from 12:09 hrs. to 13:16 hrs. for a total of 65 minutes and one from 15:35 hrs. to 16:01 hrs., a total of 26 Minutes.

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The night belongs to the Royal Air Force again – 42 Mosquitos are approaching Berlin on a route via Enschede – Osnabrück – Hannover.

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The Morning Report of the Luftwaffeführingsstab Ic is listing the following as counter measure to the nightly raid:

“Against Mosquitos to Berlin: 1. Jagddivision: 2 aircraft (Me 262), 2. Jagddivision: 1 aircarft.”[3]Mehner, Kurt (Hrsg.): Die geheimen Tagesberichte der Deutschen Wehrmachtführung; Page 254

However, there were no successes to be claimed – all Mosquitos are returning home safely.

References   [ + ]

1, 2. Mehner, Kurt (Hrsg.): Die geheimen Tagesberichte der Deutschen Wehrmachtführung; Page 251
3. Mehner, Kurt (Hrsg.): Die geheimen Tagesberichte der Deutschen Wehrmachtführung; Page 254
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