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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 204422
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Date:07-APR-1940
Time:15:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic ME09 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Messerschmitt Bf 109E
Owner/operator:I./JG 54 Luftwaffe
Registration:
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ernolsheim-Bruche, Bas-Rhin -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
In the afternoon of 7 April 1940 a dozen Ms 406 of GC I/2 escorted a Potez 63.11 of GR I/36 during a reconnaissance mission on Wissembourg. On the way back, they met around 1510-1520 hrs six Bf 109Es of I./JG 54 and each side lost a fighter in the following battle.

Capitaine Maurice Marie Stéphane Vidal was attacked by a German fighter flown by Oblt. Reinhard Seiler, the Staffelkapitän of 1./JG 54, and wounded. He tried to bale out but his parachute get caught to his aircraft, the Morane 406 n°379. The pilot and the fighter crashed together 2 km northeast of Marmoutier, south-south-east of Saverne. The French pilot was buried three days later at Saverne. It was the second victory during WWII of Seiler, who had claimed before 9 victories in Spain.

Capitaine Pierre Hyvernaud evened the score when he hit the Bf 109 E flown by Lt Paul Stolte of Stab I./JG 54. Stolte, the Gruppe Adjudant of I./JG 54, bailed out and was captured by French infantrymen just after his landing. His fighter crashed at Ernolsheim-Bruche, 15 km west of Strasbourg. It was the first victory of Cne Hyvernaud, was had claimed a shared probable five days before.

Stolte was liberated when France was invaded in 1940 and became an ace, scoring 43 victories before being killed on 18 October 1943.

Sources:

"Ils étaient là. L’Armée de l’Air septembre 1939 - juin 1940", by Jacqueline and Paul Martin, ISBN 2-9514567-2-7
"Batailles Aériennes n° 3: les combats aériens de la drole de guerre", French magazine, 1997-1998
http://forum.aviation-ancienne.fr/t640p165-jours-apres-jours-la-drole-de-guerre
"Les pertes de la chasse de jour allemande en France 1939-1945. Vol 1: September 1939 - December 1940", by Pierre Watteeuw (Hors Série Avions n° 10). ISBN 2-914017-14-6
http://www.francegenweb.org/blog/index.php?post/2015/06/14/Mais-ou-est-donc-pass%C3%A9-M%C3%A9morial
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Seiler
http://www.cieldegloire.fr/gc_1_02.php
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernolsheim-Bruche
http://www.maplandia.com/france/alsace/bas-rhin/molsheim/ernolsheim-bruche/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Jan-2018 20:02 Laurent Rizzotti Added
10-Dec-2019 17:22 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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