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Date:29-JUL-1943
Time:19:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic ME09 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6
Owner/operator:11./JG 26 Luftwaffe
Registration: 20307
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Calonne-sur-la-Lys, Pas-de-Calais -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Lille-Vendeville airfield (F)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On 29 July 1943 the little-used 11./JG 26 was scrambled alone from Lille-Vendeville airfield to oppose RAF late-afternoon operations but was attacked by the Spitfires of 331 (Norwegian) Sqn RAF shortly after taking off. Uffz Walter Müller was shot down and killed when his Bf 109 G-6 WNr 20307 "Red 3" crashed in the center of the village of Calonne-sur-la-Lys.

331 Sqn was part of the escort of 11 Group Ramrod 172/II, an attack on St-Omer Fort-Rouge airfield by 21 B-26s. Two Norwegian pilots claimed a Bf 109 shot down at 1900 hrs in this battle, Kapt Svein Heglund (for his 5th victory) and Fnr Reidar Haave Olsen (for his 4th), while a third, Kapt Martin Gran claimed another as damaged. 11./JG 26 lost only one aircraft and one pilot, and made no claims.

Sources:

"The JG 26 War Diary, volume 2: 1943-1945", by Donald L Caldwell. ISBN 1-898697-86-8
http://www.denkmalprojekt.org/2017/jagdgeschwader-26-(schlageter)-wk2.html
http://www.cieldegloire.com/sq_raf_331.php
RAF Fighter Command activity in 1943 file, by Tony Wood (http://don-caldwell.we.bs/jg26/claims/tonywood.htm
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calonne-sur-la-Lys
http://www.maplandia.com/france/nord-pas-de-calais/pas-de-calais/bethune/calonne-sur-la-lys/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Feb-2019 08:57 Laurent Rizzotti Added
24-Mar-2020 15:14 DB Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]

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