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Ofw.Herbert KRENZ 6/JG 27 - MIA
Sun Oct 14, 2012 00:39

It may be of interest to this site that in a collection of original North Africa WW2 maps and documents which I purchased a while ago (that were the previously the property of a British 8th Army Battery Commander of a Light Anti-Aircraft Battery [113 Battery LAA])I found the small Aircraft Identification plate for Bf 109 - Werk-Nr 8703. It is triangular in shape and made of 4mm thick aluminium. It bears yellow/brown paint on it's edges.
On the back of the plate is a paper label bearing the following in small handwriting; "Shot down by 113 LAA Battery in desert - Picture in photo album" Unfortunately I do not have the photograph album. I believe records show that Ofw KRENZ was MIA following aerial combat but it would appear from the now discovered Werk-Nr Plate from his aircraft that he may have in fact been shot down by 113 Battery. The War Diary of 113 Battery shows that they did actually engage 1 Ju88 and 3 Me109's on the 1st September 1942 although no hits are recorded. The previous day (31.8.42)the diary shows that 113 Battery was moved to a "prepared " position at Grid 463.860. From the original maps I have from the Battery Commander I can see this position is almost precisely 15 miles S of El Hamman. I would be interested to hear your views on this and also grateful if anyone has any further information or photos regarding Ofw. Herbert KRENZ or his aircraft [8703]"Yellow 12"
Peter Mortimer

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