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werla
09-23-2006, 01:49 PM
Heard at a briefing at Hornchurch, in 1942, when the intelligence officer unveiled the target map:

"He!!, it's Lille again"

Do anyone have any knowledge about what was bad about Lille at this time.

leitmotiv
09-23-2006, 05:04 PM
I believe either JG2 or JG26 was based around Lille---in other words, one of the absolute nastiest German fighter units---wily, cunning, and bold. The proximity to the UK made the area a prime target for "Circuses"---the large RAF formations of fighters escorting a handful of bombers used to attempt to force JG2 or JG26 to come up and play (most of the time they didn't and, when they did, it was a pounce from above).

leitmotiv
09-23-2006, 05:22 PM
I can report with the utmost confidence it was JG26---JG2 was based to the south in Normandy. See the list of JG26 bases here:

http://www.lesbutler.ip3.co.uk/jg26/schlageter.htm

werla
09-23-2006, 05:44 PM
Yep, that would explain it thanks, great link.

mandrill7
09-24-2006, 06:47 AM
The "yellow-nosed Abbeville Bastards". Not only wily, nasty and cunning, but flying the FW-190 which could outfly the Spit V by a large margin and staffed with more experienced pilots than most RAF units of the period.

leitmotiv
09-24-2006, 07:57 AM
Exactly---a most unpleasant prospect.

werla
09-24-2006, 11:02 AM
This interview was made with Frantisek Fajtl, a Cjechoslovak pilot and CO of 122 Sqn.

They escorted Bostons over the channel, and he was shot down on this mission, crashed in France, evaded capture and was back in England in three months, just before his 30th birthday.

leitmotiv
09-24-2006, 11:26 AM
Unlucky and lucky!