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The I./Jagdgeschwader 21. War - September 1939.
In fact, at 16:16 hours, twenty-two Dora of the I. Gruppe took off to escort 120 He-111 bombers from KG 27 and LG 1, as well as 30 Ju-87 B from I./StG. 1 flying towards the Polish capital. The escort also included sixty BF-110 heavy twin-engine fighters from I (Z). / LG 1 and I./ZG 1. Despite the haze, the pilots of the I./JG 21 managed to find the bombers, whose machine gunners are very nervous! ...........
The Leutnant Hans-Ekkehard Bob, pilot of the 3. Staffel under the command of Oblt. Georg Schneider, recalled:
"At the beginning of the afternoon, the three" Staffeln "our" "Gruppe" took off from Arys-Rostken and headed towards Warsaw. Our task was to provide coverage for the Heinkel He-111 of the KG of 27. When we arrived at the meeting point, their gunners opened an intense and chaotic fire on us. Our comrades took us for Poles! Apparently they did not know that our enemy did not have fighter groups of low-wing monoplane with retractable landing gear. Without radio contact with the bombers, our commander, Hauptmann Martin Mettig, resolved to launch a predetermined identification signal, a white rocket, which, when exploded, released three additional red stars. The signal gun was attached to the starboard side of the cabin wall, just below the canopy. The rocket had to go out through the perforated tube in the wall. Surely it was obstructed by something, because - as our commander told us later - when he pulled the trigger, the rocket exploded in the breech and returned to the cabin! The commander suffered severe burns on his right hand. The rocket sounded furiously inside the cabin, bouncing off the side walls and deck ... After a while, it seemed to have finished burning when it flared up again, which caused the explosion of the three red flares! The commander, suffocated by the smoke, expelled the dome to let out the red lights. With severe burns, he returned to the base with his wingman, Oblt. Schelcher and the other "Rotte" (pair of airplanes) of his "Stabsschwarm".
The remaining aircraft of our Group continued on their way to Warsaw, maintaining a healthy distance from our bombers, which still considered us hostile and stubbornly fired on us. On the outskirts of Warsaw we saw some Polish PZL 24 fighters approaching. They were ready to attack our bombers. There was a fierce dogfight, which quickly split into a series of individual duels. Our formation was scattered throughout the sky. We attacked the Polish fighters, giving the Heinkels a free passage to their target. However, the aerial battle took us through Warsaw, dangerously surpassing our reach. With no time to assemble, they all returned to Arys-Rostken on their own. Our young pilots, who were on their first combat mission, quickly became disoriented. As for me, after some circles I identified my location and went back home. I was the first pilot of the 3rd Staffel who appeared in Arys-Rostken, where I landed shortly before 18:00 hours. Our Staffelkapitän, Oblt. Schneider landed in another place to refuel and returned in the night.
Sources: Messerschmitt Bf 109 A-D. Kagero 44.
Messerschmitt Bf 109 C/D in the Polish Campaign 1939. Kagero Air Battles 13.
Le I./JG 21 pendant la campagne de Pologne et la “drôle de guerre”. Collection Histoire des Unités n° 05.
Luftflotte I 1939. Kagero.
http://icaruswings.unblog.fr/2014/11/23 ... hwader-21/
Cheers. Raúl M
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