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6./JG 52

Combat Report

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

19/04/1943

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

6./JG 52

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

Thomas Lexer

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

OK

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

OK

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

Engaged 3? spitfires attacking Ju 87s. Followed lead on a high-speed westward chase of one spit. He got hits... as we turned north, black 1 called a hostile approaching fast; I was negligent in spotting this so late. Sighted him just as he engaged lead. Rolled up and around, stuck on spitfire as he broke off lead. Followed in high speed chase; he went high and I pushed emergency power, got solid hits. He tried to evade; I chopped power and fired a long burst from dead six at very short range. Broke up and over; witnessed him enter a spin.

Saw one spitfire smoking below but stuck to lead and headed west. Saw Black 1 and 8 engaged in further battle to our south. Near Anappa, lead's engine quit and he bailed.

I claim one spitfire.

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

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

1

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

Spitfire

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

0

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

0

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Thomas Lexer

19/04/1943

Report Approved