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 Post subject: Gefr. W. Strahl of 2.(F)/122 at May 12th, 1940
PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 10:17 am 
Although I follow the database of (F)/122 already for a long time, this is my first question in this forum.

At May 12th 1940 Gefr. Willi Strahl was wounded (and later died?) as member of a crew of a He 111 of 2.(F)/122
during an operation over France. I am looking for information about the other crewmembers and their plane.
Did it returned to his base or was it shot down in the North Sea?
Theo Boiten has mentioned in his book "Blenheim Strike" at page 45 that:"the Blenheim Mk.IVf P4834 made
a radar directed AI sortie over the North Sea and the Blenheim was successfully directed to an enemy aircraft.
Some 30 miles off the Hook of Holland a He 111 - possibly of KG 27 - was then picked up and forced it down in
flames off the Hook at 10.45
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I doubt that this was a He 111 of KG 27. Could it have been Gefr. Strahl's He 111?
The Losslists of the Lw Gen. Qu. gives for this incident two persons killed, later changed into one killed, and two "Verluste".
Looking forward for your answers and suggestions,

Jaap Woortman


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 Post subject: Re: Gefr. W. Strahl of 2.(F)/122 at May 12th, 1940
PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 11:15 am 
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Jaap,

Firstly, welcome to the forum.

Strangely, I don't have this on the 122 diary page - an oversight, one of many no doubt.

According to Peter Cornwell in "Battle of France Then and Now" -

"2.(F)/122 Heinkel Helll. Returned damaged following reconnaissance sortie over northern France. Gefr W. Strahl slightly wounded, admitted to hospital in M├╝nster. Aircraft repairable."

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 Post subject: Re: Gefr. W. Strahl of 2.(F)/122 at May 12th, 1940
PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 2:27 pm 
Thanks Andy for your nice welcome words.

I have seen what Peter has written in "The battle of France, then and now" at page 252.
But there are some contradictions between the official German statement and what Peter
has written down. Therefore I am looking for more details for this case.
I hope with all the expertise available here we can bring some light in this case.

Jaap


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