Ace on Ace Kills

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  1. RATHED

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    Hi. I am knew to the Forum, but will take the liberty to sugest a topic: How about histories of confirmed cases of kills in aerial combats involving Known aces? I mean, cases in which a US ace shootdown a German ace, for example. I wonder how many well documented cases of this happening there are…

    I will start it off , which two tales extracted from Osprey´s “Japanese Air Force Aces”:

    1 - On 19 March 1945 the 16 kills Japanese ace Stg. Yokio Shimokawa was flying a Ki-84 “Frank’ over Hiroshima and claimed two Hellcats . Latter in the same mission he was in return shoot down himself by a Hellcat from VF-17 flown by 6 kills ace Lt. Tilman E Pool. The Japanese ace managed to bail out and survived the war.

    2 – On 10 April 1942 3rd AVG Flt Ltr Robert T Smith ( 8 kills), flying a P-40C ,destroyed the Ki-43 “Oscar” piloted by Major Yohei Hinoki (12 kills) over Loiwing , China. Curiously, after barely surviving a hard crash landing, Hinoki would ‘tangle’ a second time with an american ace. On 27 November 1943, again flying a Oscar, his aircraft was severely damaged over Burma, by fire from the 530TH FS P-51A flown by Lt. Robert F Mulhollem ( 5 kills). Hinoki lost a leg in this incident, but managed to bring his shot up plane back to base. He survived the war. To even the score a bit, let me tell you that Hinoki is the pilot credited with downing Col. Harry R Melton´s A-36A over Burma, 25 november, 1943. Melton was the commander of the 311th Fighter-Bomb group, and was captured after parachuting.

    Well, that is it from now. Anyone interested in following it up?

    Best regards
     
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    Beurling shot down 2 in a single flight Nicolet and Gelli over Malta in 42
     
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    Legend says Ralph Hofer was shot down by Erich Hartmann, but since "The Kidd" went down over Hungary and Jg-52 was flying over Romania at the time, I don't really buy it, though Hofer was in fact the only 8th AAF ace to go down in a2a combat and not to ground fire.

    I also don't buy it for the simple overly-coincidental aspect of two young aces both called "The Kid" (well, "Bubi", but its the German equivalent) meeting in the air and fighting to the death. Plus I think the story would have made it into one of Hartmanns autobiographies, not just confined to books on the 4th.
     
  4. Erich

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    it does not make sense anyway because of the theater of ops for JG 52, E.H. shot down 15th AF fighters not 8th
     
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    Source:WW II ACE STORIES
     
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    303 sqd ? that was using RAF northolt at the time wasnt it ?
     
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    There used to be the story that Masajiro "Mike" Kawato shot down Pappy Boyington but this claim was eventually disproven though Kawato held to his story until his death.

    There are several German Experten and Assen who were shot down in 1943/1944 by American escort fighter pilots but can't come up with one right now...




    Kris
     
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    Wasn't one of the Galland Brothers shot down by Hub Zemke's Wolf Pack on a the outbound leg of the second Schwienfort Raid. The 56th flew into Germany, turned around and came in on it's escort run from the East instead of the West, where the German Fighters expected them. Galland (not Adolf, another brother) was in command of a gaggle of 190s and thought the 56th was just more fighters coming in.

    Somebody got him. Not saying hit was Hub but it was probably a section lead as he went down on the first pass.
     
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    On 3 March 1943, Heinz Bar shot down well known RAF pilot Flight Sergeant J D A Wright, in the area of Fatnassa, Tunisia...
     
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    August 17, 1943 - ....the bombers now had to fight their way back through the same country they just struggled through, and the Luftwaffe pilots had enough time to refuel, rearm and refresh. The bombers were expecting P-47 escort cover to resume once they managed to reach Eupen. The First task force got their cover 10 mintes before they reached Eupen and the P-47s proceeded to fend off attacks from JG 26. Three stafflen of Fw 190s from II./JG 26 engaged the bombers over Lutych. Obfw. Adolf "Addi" Glunz of 4./JG 26 destroyed two of the B-17s northwest of Diest. As the Focke-Wulfs attacked, they in turn were bounced by P-47 Thunderbolts from the escort force of the USAAF 56th FG. Major Wilhelm-Ferdinand "Wutz" Galland, Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 26, was shot down and killed in a crash near Maastricht. His final score was fifty-five kills including eight 4 engined bombers and 37 Spitfires. His place as Gruppenkommandeur was taken by Hptm. Hans Naumann.....
     
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    Yeah, that's the guy. Did it say who got him?
     
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    Apparently Clive Caldwell shot down German aces Hans-Arnold stahlschmidt and Oberleutnant Erbo Graf von Kageneck.
     
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    Nah, haven't found that out yet. Still checking.

    As far as Aces....I thought Muncheburg of 7./JG 26 shot down Sailor Malan over Malta once.
     
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    Wait, found it.....

    Aces of the Luftwaffe - Wilhelm-Ferdinand Galland

    "On 17 August 1943, at 16:52, three Staffeln from II./JG 26 took off from Lille-Nord, under the command of Major Galland, to intercept a formation of USAAF four-engine bombers on their return course from a bombing raid on Schweinfurt. Over Lutych, the unit encountered a formation of 150 to 200 bombers, escorted by nearly 200 escort fighters. II./JG 26 bounced the bombers but were, in turn, attacked by a unit of P-47 fighters from the 56th Fighter Group, USAAF. Their fire crippled the FW 190 A-5 (W.Nr. 530 125) <<+- flown by “Wutz” Galland which crashed at high speed near Liegne, 5 km west of Maastricht. The impact left a large crater in the ground from which it was impossible to remove all the wreckage. Some sources suggest that “Wutz” Galland was shot down by the American ace Walker “Bud” Mahurin (24.25 confirmed, 4 probable and 2 damaged victories) of the 56th Fighter Group, USAAF."

    There ya go.
     
  16. Njaco

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    Sorry for so many quick posts but also found these from the same website...

    "On 7 September 1942, Stahlschmidt was part of a Schwarm that had taken off on a freie Jagd. Southeast of El Alamein they came under attack by RAF Spitfires. Hans-Arnold Stahlschmidt failed to return in his Bf 109 F-4 (W.Nr. 8704) “Red 4”. It is possible he was the victim of the American ace John Curry (7.333 confirmed, 2 probable and 3 damaged victories) flying with 601 Sqn, RAF."

    "...On 13 May 1941, von Kageneck shot down Flight Lieutenant Innes Westmacott (3.75 destroyed, 1 probable and 1.333 damaged victories) of 185 Sqn, RAF, who baled out wounded. He shot down Pilot Officer Claud “Hamish” Hamilton (6 victories) of 185 Sqn, RAF on 14 May. Hamilton died of his wounds a short time later....On 24 December 1941, von Kageneck was critically wounded in combat with RAF fighters south of Agedabia. Although he managed to return to base, he died of his wounds in a Naples hospital on 12 January 1942. Some sources indicate that his victor was the Australian ace Clive Caldwell (28.5 confirmed, 6 probable and 15 damaged victories) of 250 Squadron RAF."
     
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    Good stuff guys...
     
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    Erbo von kageneck was not shot down, it was injured in combat but manage to return and died from his wounds in a Naples Hopital.
     
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    Not Quite Ace on Ace but I met and spoke with James Finnegan who shot down Adolf Galland. James was in a P-47 and Adolf in a Me-262. Mr. Finnegan finished the war with 3 kills but I figure a 262 (flown by Galland!) is worth extra credit!


    I was leading the top flight cover of P-47’s that was escorting the B-26’s to their target. As I gazed down, I saw 2 objects come zipping through the formation, and 2 bombers blew up immediately. I watched the 2 objects go through the bomber formation, and thought “that can’t be a prop job....it’s got to be one of the 262 jets.”

    I was at about 13,000 feet and estimated them to be at about 9-10,000. They were climbing, and I pulled a split-S towards the one that turned left, and almost ended up right on top of him - - about 75 yards away!!

    I gave a 3 second burst and saw strikes on the right hand engine and wing root. I was going so fast, I went right through everything, and guessed my speed at about 450+ mph. I recorded it as a probable.

    I was flying a D model Thunderbolt with a bubble canopy, a natural metal finish and a black nose. The 262 had a green and brown mottled camouflage with some specs of yellow.

    That turned out to be my last flight in a P-47. My kills for the war were an FW-190 and an Me-109, in addition to the Me-262.



    Interview with James Finnegan
     
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