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6./JG 52

Combat Report

Date of Report ..................................................................................................................................................................... (1.) ................................................

04/11/43

Staffel ......................................................................................................................................................................................... (2.) ................................................

6./JG 52

Pilot Name ................................................................................................................................................................................. (3.) ...............................................

Hans Birkiner II.

Status of Pilot .................................................................................................................................................................... (4.) ................................................

OK

Status of Aircraft ........................................................................................................................................................... (5.) ................................................

OK

General Report ..................................................................................................................................................................... (6.)

Early morning mission 0700 out of Bagerovo - 2 flights consisting of 7 Bf 109s
Piloting a Bf109 G4 as element lead in second flight
Takeoff and form up in left hand orbit over airfield
Ground attack mission at beach head established by Russian landing craft between 2 lakes south of Kerch. Unable to visualise ground vehicles due to the low light. 2nd flight engaged landing craft. Direct hit with 250 pound bomb on 2 separate landing craft by myself and my wing man.
Entered right hand orbit north of beach head. On RTB noticed and engaged 4 x Yaks in dogfight with 4 Bf 110s over Bagerovo airfield at 4000m. Good hits on several times on one Yak, finished off by my wingman. 3 Yaks in total downed. 4th Yak fled east.
Landed safely at Bagerovo Airfield.

Claims ............................................................................................................................................................................................ (7.)

Number of Air Claims ..................................................................................................................................................... (8.) ................................................

0

Type of Aircraft ................................................................................................................................................................ (9.) ................................................

0

Number of Ground Claims ......................................................................................................................................... (10.) ................................................

1

Type of Ground Targets ............................................................................................................................................ (11.) ................................................

Landing craft

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Hans Birkiner II.

04/11/43

Report Approved