March 20, 1945

On or around March 20th, 1945, Lt. Jörg Czypionka joins 10./NJG 11 according to his own account[1]see his account here.  According to his Flight Log, Herbert Altner is taking turns on a Me 262 around Burg as well – at least as much as we can tell from the surviving copies.

Altner-3

Karl-Heinz Becker’s flight log also shows flying time – he is taking “Rote 2”[2]engl.: Red 2 on a Werkflug[3]engl.: Verification flight, the aircraft will  be “his” until the end of the war.

FB Becker - Page 3The evening hours see another attack on Berlin – the Royal Air Force sends a total of 38 Mosquitos[4]Middlebrook, Martin et al.; The Bomber Command War Diaries; Page 684 on a route from the Zuider Zee to Vechta – Hannover – Braunschweig and Berlin.

Einflug 1945-03-20

From 21:04 hrs. to 21:46 hrs., Karl-Heinz Becker is on his second combat flight with the jet – he must have been one of three aircraft chasing the quick twin-engine bombers: the Morgenmeldung of the Luftwaffeführungsstab Ic for March 21st, 1945, details:

“Against Mosquito Raid Berlin: 1. J. Div.: 3 Me 262 Mosquito hunting. No sucesses, no losses.”[5]Mehner, Kurt (Hrsg.): Die geheimen Tagesberichte der Deutschen Wehrmachtführung; Page 304

The British crews of No. 139 Sqn. also mention the sighting of at least one Night Fighter in the Berlin area – but no details are given as to the fighter being recognized as a jet aircraft[6]The National Archives, AIR 27/961/30

References   [ + ]

1. see his account here
2. engl.: Red 2
3. engl.: Verification flight
4. Middlebrook, Martin et al.; The Bomber Command War Diaries; Page 684
5. Mehner, Kurt (Hrsg.): Die geheimen Tagesberichte der Deutschen Wehrmachtführung; Page 304
6. The National Archives, AIR 27/961/30
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