March 22, 1945

On March 22nd, 1945, Herbert Altner recalls flying to Berlin-Staaken in a Messerschmit Bf 110[1]Note: this flight is not documented in his flight log!  and taking over the first of the Messerschmitt Me 262 B-1a/U1 interim Night Fighters[2]Smith, J. Richard et al.; Me 262 Volume 3; Page 461. The new jet will receive the official unit designation “Rote 12”[3]engl.: Red 12 – her Werknummer is 110 636 [4]Note: this jet is not “Rote 12” that is later surrendered in Schleswig but the jet that Herbert Altner will crash with on March 27th, 1945.

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56 Mosquitos of the Light Night Striking Force are inbound to Berlin[5]Middlebrook, Martin et al.; The Bomber Command War Diaries; Page 686, their route this time takes them to the Zuider Zee, then on to Nordhorn – Minden – Hannover – Braunschweig – Magdeburg – Jüterbog and Berlin[6]Mehner, Kurt (Hrsg.): Die geheimen Tagesberichte der Deutschen Wehrmachtführung; Page 314.

Einflug 1945-03-22The fast bombers are reaching the German capital around 23:37 hrs., their attack lasts till 23:55 hrs. Karl-Heinz Becker’s flight logs shows that 10./NJG 11 was on a nocturnal mission – his take-off time is 23:00 hrs., returning to Burg near Magdeburg just briefly after midnight at 00:04 hrs.

FB Becker - Page 4

This flight is his 4th combat mission on the jet – this time, no successes can be reported. This is confirmed by a morning report of the Luftwaffe Führungsstab Ic for March 23rd, 1945, which states:

“Against Mosquito raid on Berlin: 1. J. Div.: 3 Me 262 (Kdo. Welter), 2. J. Div.: 2 a/c Mosquito hunting. No successes, no losses.”[7]Mehner, Kurt (Hrsg.): Die geheimen Tagesberichte der Deutschen Wehrmachtführung; Page 314

Theo Boiten and Roderick Mackenzie are shedding light on the flights of the 2. Jagddivision: Gottfried Schneider is said to have been engaged in one of the few nocturnal missions flown with the German Tank Ta 154 “Moskito” Night Fighter – the second flight is unidentified[8]Boiten, Theo and Mackenzie, Roderick: Nachtjagd War Diaries – Volume 2; Page 342.

References   [ + ]

1. Note: this flight is not documented in his flight log!
2. Smith, J. Richard et al.; Me 262 Volume 3; Page 461
3. engl.: Red 12
4. Note: this jet is not “Rote 12” that is later surrendered in Schleswig but the jet that Herbert Altner will crash with on March 27th, 1945
5. Middlebrook, Martin et al.; The Bomber Command War Diaries; Page 686
6, 7. Mehner, Kurt (Hrsg.): Die geheimen Tagesberichte der Deutschen Wehrmachtführung; Page 314
8. Boiten, Theo and Mackenzie, Roderick: Nachtjagd War Diaries – Volume 2; Page 342
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