Jabo over Lon­don

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Amid heavy flak, Leut­nant Fritz Set­zer of 5./SKG 10 pi­lots his Focke-wulf Fw 190A-5/U8 on a hit and run bomb­ing mission over Lon­don on the night of April 16/17, 1943. His Gruppe, II./SKG 10, had been car­ry­ing out suc­cess­ful day­light at­tacks over the south coast of Eng­land since its for­ma­tion in March 1943. How­ever this, Set­zer’s first night attack, was a dis­as­ter. Un­able to op­er­ate ef­fec­tively in the dark­ness with the threat of night­fight­ers and the bar­rage of fire from the ground, he and two col­leagues had to make forced land­ings at West Malling. A fourth Fw 190A-5 crashed fur­ther south and an­other was lost over the Chan­nel. Paint­ing by Mark Postleth­waite

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