March 9, 1945

According to Herbert Altner’s flight log, March 9th, 1945, marks further training and familiarization with the Me 262 – very likely, the same is true for Kurt Lamm who joined the unit around the same time.


Karl-Heinz Becker is active that day as well – his log shows a daylight mission from 12:16 hrs. to 13:16 hrs, flown in “Rote 5”.

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Most likely, this mission was one of those flown against allied reconnaissance aircraft over northern and central Germany. The flight takes him to the airfield of Lübeck-Blankensee, the return flight in the late afternoon shows the capabilities of the jet: leaving Lübeck-Blankensee at 17:30 hrs, Karl-Heinz Becker makes the 180 kilometers to Burg near Magdeburg in just 11 minutes – and that includes take-off and landing. This is also his last flight on “Rote 5”.

The Evening Report of the Luftwaffeführungsstab Ic shows that 1. Jagddivision has been active with a total of 6 Messerschmitt Me 262 during the day – all of them hunting reconnaissance aircraft. The exact units are not documented – but to assume that Karl-Heinz Becker’s flight was one of them is a fair assessment.

The night of March 9th, 1945, to March 10th sees no major attack by the RAF’s heavy bombers – but 92 Mosquitos are bound for Berlin. Their approach route this time: Zuiderzee – Emden – south of Hamburg – Wittenberge and then Berlin.

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There is no evidence that the Nachtjagd was active against the Mosquitos – all of them are returning home to England safely.

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