Re:Bermondsay Battler Crash
Ach, it got moved to this forum. Came back to check the post and it was gone -- Thought I'd lost it for a minute there! I had originally posted on the Heavy forum simply because of the heavier traffic, etc.
What's fascinating is that the MACR reports certain times and dispositions, but the claim of the kill didn't happen for another @ 45 mins - 1 hour and the crash site is at least that far away and doubled back on the original flight path - meaning that they may have gotten out of formation as reported in the MACR, then turned around and tried to return to England, only to get shot down on the way.
No one seems to have Gunter Specht's (pilot who claimed the shootdown) paperwork on the incident, despite the fact that his nickname was "The Flying Pencil" because of his propensity for extremely detailed after-action reports. I guess it was destroyed by the Luftwaffe although I wonder if it still exists simply because so much detailed info on the claimed "kill" is available -- it had to come from somewhere!
I think that was the wrong MACR, BTW -- I may have given the wrong number in my original post, I don't have it here with me.