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Stab II.JG 52

Combat Report

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

14/11/1943

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

Stab II.JG 52

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

Gunter Biertrinker

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

OK

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

OK

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

Patrol mission over the south end of the straight. flight of 5.

Flight was jumped immediately after takeoff by 2 hurricanes that had a huge altitude advantage. We managed to counter their attack with no casualties and shot both down, getting one of them myself.

turned south along the straight to start our patrol when raven 5 called out contacts at our high 7 oclock behind us. We started a right hand turn to west to get a better view and sure enough, getting jumped from high above and behind AGAIN! this time 4x yaks up high from behind. I ordered the flight to break hard right into them and get below them to make it difficult to dive on us. We survived the immediate merge, except for the groupkommander who had his wing shot off. Fortunately he bailed out almost right next to a group of friendly patrol boats so he was picked up no problem. We continued the engagement and got 3 of the 4 of them, including the flight leader, who was easy to recognize because he had a blue and gray livery, as opposed to the others with green and brown. I heavily damaged one of the yaks during the fight and watched it spin into the water at the south end of the straight..

Regrouped and RTB with the remaining 4 planes of our flight with no further incident. Splash 5 enemy planes only losing one of ours. Not bad considering we were at the energy disadvantage both times.

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

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

2

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

1x hurricane, 1x yak1

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

0

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

0

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Gunter Biertrinker

14/11/1943

Report Approved