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 Post subject: FOCKE-WULF 190 in the battle for Sicily.
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:43 pm 
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FOCKE-WULF 190 in the battle for Sicily, by Jesson & Arthy.
has anyone access to this book?
I would like to know which unit attacked a vehicle concentration near Catenanouva on 30-7-1943, or any information on this action.
My Uncle was killed in this attack and I am trying to research this incident to pass down in the family the full story before it is lost in the mists of time.
Regards, Ken Wootton.


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 Post subject: Re: FOCKE-WULF 190 in the battle for Sicily.
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I have seen a few allied reports on this, but they refer simply to 'enemy aircraft' with no attempt to identify the unit. IV./SKG 10 and I./Sch.G 2 were still active in Italy at this time, and I would suspect Sch.G 2. Have you tried [*]http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/index.php? Chris Goss or Nick Beale would probably be able to supply detail on this action.

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 Post subject: Re: FOCKE-WULF 190 in the battle for Sicily.
PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:58 pm 
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Ken,

Yesterday I sent an e-mail to Andrew Arthy to draw his attention to this post - Andrew is a member of this forum.

Hopefully, Andrew will post a comment here.

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 Post subject: Re: FOCKE-WULF 190 in the battle for Sicily.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:46 am 
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Hi,

Andy, for some reason I didn't get your email (my address is still bookie190@hotmail.com), but luckily I saw this post.

From the book:

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Friday 30 July 1943
The Eighth Army began its Sicilian offensive in the early morning with an artillery bombardment, as the Canadian 3rd Infantry Brigade began to advance to capture a bridgehead at Catenanuova. On the northern coast, the American 45th Division reached San Stéfano di Camastra, half-way between Palermo and Messina. Meanwhile, on the Axis side, General d’Armata Guzzoni was asked by Rome to hand over command of the entire Sicilian front to General Hupe, and the formal transfer occurred on 2 August.

Although it had just five serviceable aircraft at dawn, II./SKG 10 was placed at 30 minutes readiness for attacks on troops, shipping near Catania and Augusta, or shipping off the north coast of Sicily. JG 77 was ordered to provide strong escort for a late-afternoon SKG 10 mission against Allied landing grounds on Sicily, although this operation never occurred.

The ground personnel repaired several aircraft in the morning, and nine II./SKG 10 Fw 190s began a mission at 09:30, during which two Spitfires were claimed damaged in combat. Their possible opponents were thirteen Spitfires of 81 and 242 Squadrons on an escort mission in the morning. The RAF pilots saw ten Fw 190s thirteen kilometres south-east of Milazzo, which jettisoned their auxiliary tanks and made off. Although the Spitfires gave chase, they were unable to catch the Germans. If this was the same encounter, the Fw 190 claims were very optimistic.

Nine Fw 190s took off for an operation in the early afternoon against tanks and vehicles, after take-off had been delayed due to a change in orders. Eight SD 250s were dropped at 15:05 on a tank concentration in an olive grove, and the Germans reported that the bombs blew up three tanks, destroyed and damaged some trucks loaded with troops, and also blew up an ammunition dump, causing a large fire and a smoke pillar approximately 800 m high. The II./SKG 10 pilots met Spitfires west of Mount Etna, and there was an inconclusive combat.

The final II./SKG 10 operation of the day occurred towards dusk, when four Fw 190s flew an armed reconnaissance mission over north-eastern Sicily. Bombs were dropped on vehicle concentrations in a valley, in an attack that achieved complete surprise. One Fw 190 was attacked by a pair of Spitfires, but the German pilot easily out-climbed his pursuers. All German aircraft had landed by 19:45.

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I hope that this information is useful to Ken.


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 Post subject: Re: FOCKE-WULF 190 in the battle for Sicily.
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Andy,

Brilliant, many thanks for your help

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 Post subject: Re: FOCKE-WULF 190 in the battle for Sicily.
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I would sincerely like to thank the 2 Andys who have supplied information or helped with this thread.
We now know the aircraft involved and their Unit.
Thank you all.Ken.


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