March 17, 1945

On March 17th, 1945, to March 18th, the Royal Air Force is attacking Berlin with a force of 38 Mosquitos – this night, there is a break for the “heavies”, none of the Lancaster and Halifax bombers are in the skies over Germany[1]Middlebrook, Martin et al.; The Bomber Command War Diaries; Page 682.

The Mosquitos are approaching Berlin along their regular route from the Frisian Islands to Emden – Bremen – Ülzen – Stendal and to Berlin.

Einflug 1945-03-17

There is a possibility that 10./NJG 11 operated against the Mosquitos this night: a probably incorrectlysection “Eigener Eisatz”[2]engl.: Own Operations which is located among the damage reports for March 17th, 1945, probably is in fact a Morgenmeldung des Luftwaffenführungsstabs Ic of March 18th, 1945:

“Against Mosquitos to Berlin: 1. J. Div.: 3 Me 262 (Kdo Welter). Losses: p: 0-1-0, m:1-0-0”[3]Mehner, Kurt (Hrsg.): Die geheimen Tagesberichte der Deutschen Wehrmachtführung; Page 291

If in fact March 18th, 1945, is the correct “placement” of this report, it would suggest a so far only vaguely covered loss for Kommando Welter when Uffz. Hans Lamprecht crashed during a nocturnal mission, destroying the aircraft and wounding the pilot[4]Note: The exact circumstances of the loss are not documented, the details are taken from a personal communication between Manfred Boehme and Otto Eicher which Manfred Boehme was kind enough to share with me..

1945-03-17 - LamprechtOn the RAF side of things, to Mosquitos with the target Berlin are lost but none of them over Germany: MM219 returns to base early and is destroyed in an attempted emergency landing. KB455 is suffering an engine failure during take-off and is damaged beyond repair.

1945-03-17 - MM219

1945-03-17 - KB455

References   [ + ]

1. Middlebrook, Martin et al.; The Bomber Command War Diaries; Page 682
2. engl.: Own Operations
3. Mehner, Kurt (Hrsg.): Die geheimen Tagesberichte der Deutschen Wehrmachtführung; Page 291
4. Note: The exact circumstances of the loss are not documented, the details are taken from a personal communication between Manfred Boehme and Otto Eicher which Manfred Boehme was kind enough to share with me.
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