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On 29 September the Gruppe’s Technical Officer reported two Bf 109 missing from an action the day before:

Date

Unit

Bf 109

W.Nr.

Marking

Place

% Damage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28/9

4.

G-14

413678

blue 3

?

?

 

 

Engagement by fighter bombers and artillery. Uffz. Karl Körner missing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.

G-14

413540

white 11

?

?

 

 

Engagement by fighter bombers and artillery. Gefr. Hellmuth Ullrich missing.

War Graves database records Ullrich's rank as Flieger, his given name as Helmut and the location as Hochfelden (17 km WSW Haguenau, France).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Successes in the above combat were:

 

2.

Ofhr. Ostrowitzki, one Thunderbolt effectively shot up, altitude 1200 m, 30 km SE Saarbrücken at 1520.

 

1.

Obltn. Messer, one Thunderbolt effectively shot up at 15.22 [other details missing].

 

Stab

Uffz. Franek, one Thunderbolt shot down, altitude 400–500 m, 30 km south of Saargemünd at 15.23 (second victory).

 

3.

Ltn. Stark, one Thunderbolt shot down, altitude 30 m, 30 km SE Saarbrücken at 15.27 (ninth victory).

On the 30th, most of yet another report was picked up:

Date

Unit

Bf 109

W.Nr.

Marking

Place

% Damage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29/9

Stab

G-14

413664

red 3

Götzenhain, Germany

90

 

 

Operation against fighter-bombers in the Metz area, crashed owing to loss of coolant replacement required, pilot bailed out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.

G-14

black 10

[4?] Weinstraße, Mußbach-bei-Neustadt, Germany

100

 

 

Task as above, shot down, Uffz. Gerhard Brandel missing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.

G-14

413661

black 16

Hambach, Germany

98

 

 

Task as above, aircraft shot down (observed by enemy), Ltn. Harri Meyer bailed out, seriously wounded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.

G-14

165869

blue 1

Langen airfield, Germany

15

 

 

Task as above, rammed by blue 8 on return to airfield (not observed by enemy), returned to factory, replacement necessary, no casualties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.

G-14

413725

blue 8

Langen airfield, Germany

35

 

 

Task as above, rammed at the airfield like blue 1 (not observed by enemy) returned to factory, replacement necessary, no casualties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.

G-14

413677

blue 2

Langen airfield, Germany

20

 

 

Being ferried from Ziegenhain to Langen, [two or three words missing] on landing (observed by enemy), returned to factory, replacement necessar, pilot Willfried Nier, slightly wounded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were two successes to offset the above losses:

 

Stab

Hptm. Steinmann: one Thunderbolt shot down, altitude 600 m, 10 km west of Saarleuern at 13.04 (twenty-first victory).

 

1.

Obltn. Neumayer: one Mustang shot down, altitude 600 m, near St. Avold, Lorraine at 13.09 (first victory).

Another aircraft was lost three days later:

Date

Unit

Bf 109

W.Nr.

Marking

Place

% Damage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02/10

3.

G-14

460512

yellow 12

Saverne

98%

 

 

Crashed after engagement with fighter-bombers in bridgehead near Metz (not observed by enemy). Pilot bailed out safely, no casualties.

The I./JG 4 transferred to Gahro 10 km north of Finsterwalde) on 5 October and its strength the following day 36 aircraft (27 serviceable). On 18 and 19 October the Gruppe accepted a number of new Bf 109 G-14 from Erla, Leipzig. These were W.Nr. 462752, 462820, 462822, 464130, 464131, 464151, 464193, 464194, 464209, 464213, 464311, 464312 and 464315.

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