April 6, 1945

On April 6th, 1945, the weather continues to be difficult at first but clears up during the day. Lt. Herbert Altner is once again taking a short hop around the airfield with Fw. Hans Fryba in the back.

Altner-4He also notes a mission later the day – since Altner is flying a Me 262 B-1a/U1, it is highly unlikely that any mission would be anything else but a nocturnal mission but the morning report of the Luftwaffeführungsstab Ic on April 7th, 1945, does not show any missions flown this very night[1]BArch. RL 2-II/389.

On the other hand, a claim is attributed to Herbert Altner by Richard Smith and Eddie Creek in their 3rd Volume of the Me 262 book series[2]Smith, J. Richard et al.; Me 262 Volume 3; a.a.O., Page 467, unfortunately without providing a source.

Looking at the RAF side of operations, there are not missions recorded by Bomber Command, including no “minor missions” which typically list the Mosquito attacks[3]Middlebrook, Martin et al.; The Bomber Command War Diaries; Page 692. Also, the night fighters of RAF No. 100 Group don’t seem to record any missions either – the Summary of Events for No. 85 Sqn. states for the night of April 6th, 1945:

“Operations were cancelled again and no night training was carried out.”[4]The National Archives, AIR 27/706

Other RAF No. 100 Group units also reflect the lack of operations during this timeframe. It appears highly unlikely that a mission was flown that night, especially since the RAF Records show that no enemy aircraft would have been invading German air space as a potential target.

References   [ + ]

1. BArch. RL 2-II/389
2. Smith, J. Richard et al.; Me 262 Volume 3; a.a.O., Page 467
3. Middlebrook, Martin et al.; The Bomber Command War Diaries; Page 692
4. The National Archives, AIR 27/706
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