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The Kampfgeschwader 77 Aug-Sep 1939.
The war came!
Leutnant Möckel woke up about two hours after midnight. The cool, healthy air of the morning made the crews move slowly. After breakfast, they went to an ordered meeting and if the crew still had doubts about what awaited them, all those thoughts were shattered at the same moment that the commander, Wolf von Stutterheim, spoke to them. "Our bombing group will attack the Krakow airport at low altitude, attack time, at 05:45." The following instructions were very well received by the pilots as it became quite evident. They were ready.
The German troops had orders to cross the Polish border at 04:45 hours. At 04:35, the 38 Dornier machines of the Herbert Möckel Group took off, and in many of the planes, the men thought about everything, in the farewell: "Today you will experience your baptism of fire". Oberst Wolf von Stutterheim could well have spoken to all the pilots, navigators and gunners who entered the hostile territory in the early hours of September 1, 1939.
The first directives on the operations of the Luftwaffe against Poland were formulated four months before the outbreak of the war. The main objective was the complete destruction of the aerodromes in the shortest possible time; so it was about exploiting the moment and eliminating the Polish air force, preferably while it was still on the ground. The most important aviation bases of the Poles were known by the High Command of the Luftwaffe (OKL), but it turned out that they lacked information about war aviation.
The evaluations indicated that a few days of concentrated air operations would be sufficient to greatly reduce the air fighting capacity of the Poles. After that, the Luftwaffe could change its focus and start collaborating with ground attacks in support of the army. In this second step, the Luftwaffe would concentrate its strength on Polish mobilization points, troop concentrations and communications. Support for the ground units in advance was included as a last priority in the Luftwaffe list, phase three, would be developed through direct support flights. Then, the pre-war plans defined the role the Luftwaffe would play in Operation Fall Weiss, the German attack on Poland. But how was it really? We'll see..............
Sources: Luftflotte IV 1939 - Kagero 17.
Luftwaffe över Polen 1939. Artur Szulc, militärhistorisk författare.
http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gli ... KG77-R.htm
Cheers. Raúl M
Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada. General José de San Martín.