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6./JG 52

Combat Report

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

18/09/1943

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

6./JG 52

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

Beatrix Fiedler III

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

OK

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

OK

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

. . .

What a day. What a day indeed.

Big clump of us, four in Yellow flight and three in Stab, took off towards Krymskaya for an intercept of an expected flight of Il-2s. I flew element lead. We found the flight relatively quickly and engaged their escorting Yaks while Stab rushed in to get the attackers. That was apparently a mistake. Things quickly descended into the biggest furball I ever saw. I nearly hit my lead, Yellow 6, which I feel pretty guilty about. Then I took out a Yak, and Il-2, and another Yak (if I remember correctly -- it was a blur). My wingman, Yellow 12, was hit and had to leave midway through, and Yellow 10 collided trying to down an Il-2. He just arrived, too. I hope he didn't try getting that close after seeing me do it.

After the dust settled, I headed back to Anapa as the only undamaged plane of the survivors. As for the others, we lost Yellow 10, Stab <2, and Stab < -- Hptm. Burger. He died after reportedly getting his 100th kill before his wing gave out. Fuck man. He taught me how to fight. This one's gonna sting.

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

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

3

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

Yak, Il-2, Yak

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

0

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

N/A

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Beatrix Fiedler III

18/09/1943

Report Approved