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Stab II.JG 52

Combat Report

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

12/07/1943

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

Stab II.JG 52

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

Bruno Stachel

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

OK

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

DAMAGED

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

Got into a huge dogfight over Novoroskaya with 6-10 fighters. We had to break as a group dove on us from 3:00. We can survive the initial merge but we were swarmed by all types of fighters. It was difficult to defend against all the incoming attacks but we were able to manage. 3 and 2 got hit badly and had to RTB while 10 was running from 3 aircraft on his tail. I was able to break them off but now I was locked in a turn fight with a Yak on the deck. White 10 saved my ass by making the enemy have to break his turn.

He was quickly shot down afterward by another diving La-5. He saved me by taking the shots. Good man..

I then had to contend with 2 other fighters in a low-altitude dogfight. Lasted about 15 minutes and they disengaged after I headed for Anapa.

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

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

1

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

La-5

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

0

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

N/A

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Bruno Stachel

12/07/1943

Report Approved