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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192542
Last updated: 13 April 2020
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Type:Yakovlev Yak-7B
Owner/operator:767 IAP VVS
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Murmashi -   Russia
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
On 3 January 1944, four Bf 109s of 7./JG 5 took off at 1134 hrs from Petsoma airfield towards Murmansk. They clashed with four Yak-7B of 767 IAP led by Leytnant N E Matveev in Murmashi area, at 1400 hrs Soviet time (1200 hrs German time). The Germans claimed collectively a Yak shot down, that was recorded as a squadron victory. One Yak-7B was indeed shot down, its pilot, Mlaadshi Leytenant V I Fedorov, baling out safely. On the other hand, two fighters of 7./JG 5 were shot down. Fw. Arthur Beth, a seventeen-victory ace, baled out from his Bf 109 G-6 WNr 18005 "white 1" and was captured, while Gfr. Oskar Amann was killed when his Bf 109 G-6 WNr 15601 "white 11" was shot down. Three pilots of 767 IAP claimed one Bf 109 shot down each: Leytnant N E Matveev, Mlaadshi Leytenant I Kruglov and Mlaadshi Leytenant V I Fedorov, the latter in an unplanned collision.

Arthur Beth survived Soviet captivity and returned to Germany five years later.


“Jagdgeschwader 5 Eismeerjäger: Eine Chronik aus Dokumenten U. Berichten: 1941-1945“, by Werner Girbig. ISBN 3-87943-365-8
"Osprey Aircraft of the Aces 124: Arctic Bf 109 and Bf 110 Aces", by John Weal. ISBN 978-1-7820-0798-2

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04-Jan-2017 11:28 Laurent Rizzotti Added

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