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On a clear and cold Christ­mas Eve, 1944, at 22,000ft above Liège, Feld­webel Wil­helm Hopfen­sitz of 15./JG 3 pulls clear af­ter fir­ing into a B-17G of 838th Bomb Squadron with twin 30mm MK 108 can­non at close range. The tor­rent of high cal­i­bre shells from his Fw 190A-8/R2 WNR. 682305 ‘Yel­low 19’ stag­gered the B-17G and sent it div­ing out of for­ma­tion. Mo­ments later Hopfen­sitz was shot down him­self by a gun­ner fir­ing from an­other B-17. Paint­ing by Mark Postleth­waite

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