March 14, 1945

On March 14th, 1945, Karl-Heinz Becker logs a flight on “Rote 2” – this one is marked as Y-Flug[1]engl.: Y-Flight, indicating it as a radio-guided or radio-calibration flight. Given that “Rote 2” started to appear in his log with a Prüfflug[2]engl.: Test Flight or Verification Flight two days earlier on March 12th, 1945, this is possibly a newly delivered aircraft[3]10./NJG 11 is said to have had two new Me 262 A-1 assigned on March 1st, 1945.

FB Becker - Page 3While Karl-Heinz Becker is taking his turns in and around Burg near Magdeburg, Herbert Altner’s logs shows a flight to Lübeck and his return flight the same day.

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During the night to March 15th, 1945, 75 Mosquitos of the Light Night Striking Force are attacking Berlin. Their inbound route is Meppen – Hannover – Braunschweig and then Berlin.

Einflug 1945-03-14

A little bit further to the south, an attack of 244 Lancaster bombers incl. Mosquito Pathfinders is also in the air – attacking the oil installations at Lützkendorf. The RAF is losing a total of 18 heavy bombers that night.

According to his flight log, Herbert Altner is flying a nightfighter mission that night – but it appears to have been flown in a Junkers Ju-88, possibly with his standard crew, Reinhard Lommatsch and Karl Braun.

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1. engl.: Y-Flight
2. engl.: Test Flight or Verification Flight
3. 10./NJG 11 is said to have had two new Me 262 A-1 assigned on March 1st, 1945
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