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JagdGeschwader 3 " Udet " at Stalingrad !!

Article about: On my first trip to Stalingrad 12 years ago i was fortunate to meet two German Veterans at breakfast in the Hotel on my first morning Helmut and Fred. Both had served with JG 3 Udet at Stali

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    Paul I'm sure they Felt lucky in meeting you that Day. Problem shared is Problem Halved........These mechanic's Rarely received much Credit for there Service considering what there vital Roll was. Hope Helmet finds more information.

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    Well at least you have met quite a few and listened to their stories!

    By the way, I loved 'Hitlers Vikings'

    Nick
    Jon Trigg does a good book !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Paul I'm sure they Felt lucky in meeting you that Day. Problem shared is Problem Halved........These mechanic's Rarely received much Credit for there Service considering what there vital Roll was. Hope Helmet finds more information.
    Very true Justin, Helmut fought from 1940-1945 with JG3 on all fronts , people forget that repairing BF 109 engines on some temporary airfield in the steppe in -40 wasn't a bed of roses !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Were you able to get any details on how they managed to get on a plane out of Stalingrad? I'm fascinated by these stories...thanks!

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    Quote by bigmacglenn1966 View Post
    Were you able to get any details on how they managed to get on a plane out of Stalingrad? I'm fascinated by these stories...thanks!
    Basically after the Kessel was formed the majority of JG3 that had been operating from airfields east of the Don to provide close support to the fighting in Stalingrad were withdrawn westwards apart from 9 Staffel who remained at Pitomnik, they provided what was known as the Platzschutzstaffel which was the CAP around Pitomnik to protect the daily transports in and out of the Kessel.

    Eventually on 20/12/42 9 Staffel was also withdrawn and Helmut and Fred went with it , they continued to provide CAP in the Stalingrad area from Flugplatz Tazinskaja which was west of the Don and quite a distance outside the Kessel. Many of the JU52 and Heinkel 111 Transports also flew from here !!

    cheers

    paul
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Shot down aircraft at Pitomnik !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Area around Pitomnik today !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    As I've always said Paul, you are a rock star! Thanks for showing us the photos. It must be wonderful to hear these stories first hand. Unfortunately, their time on this earth is almost over, I'm glad decent guys like you will be around to keep their stories alive.

    Jay

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    Paul i wish i could see more photos from your collection, but i totally understand why you dont share more.
    Thanks for making a great thread!

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    Many thanks guys i must admit that originally my interest was only in collecting info on the history i had read about direct fron the veterans who had been there whilst i had the chance maybe it was because of our profession Jay !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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