October 5, 1944

The first days of October 1944 must have been quiet but latest in the night of October 5th, 1944, to October 6th the pilots of 10./JG 300 are seeing action again. Two victory claims are made, two Mosquitos[1]Foreman, John et al.: Luftwaffe Night Fighter Combat Claims; a.a.O., Page 219.

The first one is claimed by Lt. Karl Mitterndorf of 10./JG 300 – the time is 20:30 hrs. The second one, only two minutes later, is claimed by Uffz. Günther of 2./Erg. NJGr. – both over Berlin. Both claims are marked as “Red 1” and “Blue 1” on the map below.

Einflug 1944-10-05Like so many other times, the loss lists of the Bomber Command do not show matching entries – the Light Night Striking Force, which was over the “big city” between 20:39 hrs. and 20:45 hrs. is not suffering any losses, all their 20 aircraft are safely returning home[2]Middlebrook, Martin et al.; The Bomber Command War Diaries; a.a.O, Page 595.

The Summary of Aircraft Damaged on Operations does not show any losses either – 5 Mosquitos show flak-typical damage but none is listed with damage received during a night fighter attack[3]Summaries of Aircraft Damaged on Operations – Dec 1942 – May 1945 (AIR 14/3460); Page 281.

References   [ + ]

1. Foreman, John et al.: Luftwaffe Night Fighter Combat Claims; a.a.O., Page 219
2. Middlebrook, Martin et al.; The Bomber Command War Diaries; a.a.O, Page 595
3. Summaries of Aircraft Damaged on Operations – Dec 1942 – May 1945 (AIR 14/3460); Page 281
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